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Senators hear debate on fines for violations of do-not-call list

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The lawmaker who first proposed Wisconsin's do-not-call list says the $100 fine for violators is nothing to a large telemarketing firm.

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And that's why Sen. Jon Erpenbach of D-Waunakee wants to raise the penalty to at least $1,000, and up to $10,000 for the worst violators.

A Senate committee held a public hearing on his bill Wednesday.

Erpenbach said it would send a message that violators would have a "pretty stiff price to pay."

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