Last Call for 5.26.22 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

A digest of the day's politics and policy while the bartender refreshes your drink.

Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.

First Shot

Attorney General Ashley Moody on Thursday said the Federal Communications Commission is heeding requests from her and other state Attorneys General to crack down on foreign robocalls.

The FCC will now require companies who call U.S. numbers from foreign countries to comply with STIR/SHAKEN, a protocol intended to combat caller ID spoofing. The FCC also declared that by June 30, certain small carriers previously afforded an exception must implement STIR/SHAKEN. 

The action follows a January request from Moody urging the FCC to implement new measures to prevent foreign-based robocalls used to scam Americans.

“The best way to stop scams associated with robocalls is to block the avenues some telemarketers use to send fraudulent automated messages,” Moody said in a news release. “By working with the FCC, we are gaining ground in our fight to protect Floridians by ensuring carriers utilize the latest technology to try and keep foreign actors from bombarding phones with illegal robocall messages.”

In addition to requiring broader adoption of STIR/SHAKEN, the FCC is also demanding gateway providers respond to law enforcement requests within 24 hours, block calls once they are made aware of illegal activity, stop calls from a “do not originate list,” and require foreign telephone companies that U.S. providers partner with register with the FCC’s Robocall Mitigation Database.

More information about the new robocall crackdown measures is available on the FCC’s website.

Evening Reads

—“Biggest wave of Cuban migrants into U.S. since 1980 is driving policy changes” via Nora Gámez Torres of the Miami Herald

—“Florida lawmakers leave lots of unfinished business on property insurance reforms” via Jeffrey Schweers of the Orlando Sentinel

—“Gov. Ron DeSantis signs off on six-year lobby ban penalties for ex-legislators, judges” via Gray Rohrer of Florida Politics

—“Shades of Parkland: Cops in Texas face scrutiny over response to mass shooting at school” via David Ovalle of the Miami Herald

—“A culture that kills its children has no future” via Elizabeth Bruenig of The Atlantic

—“Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri talks school safety after Texas shooting” via Natalie Weber of the Tampa Bay Times

—“America’s unique, enduring gun problem, explained” via Nicole Narea and Ian Millhiser of Vox

—“Tallying America’s fascination with AR-15-style rifles” via Philip Bump of The Washington Post

—“This Florida poaching problem seems almost un-bear-able” via Craig Pittman of the Florida Phoenix

—“Transparency issues don’t hinder plan for new Fernandina Port warehouse” via Wes Wolfe of Florida Politics

—“This Mayor didn’t live in Coconut Creek, and his highway toll records helped prove it, ethics watchdog says” via Lisa J. Huriash of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

—“Ray Liotta, actor in ‘GoodFellas,’ dies at 67” via Mike Barnes of The Hollywood Reporter

Quote of the Day

“I don’t think, unfortunately, that our constituents are going to see the results that they want to see right away, but I do think this is an important first step for us to take, but it can’t be the last step,”

— Rep. Fentrice Driskell on the passage of sweeping property insurance legislation.

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