Legislators in Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker was recently on the business end of an embarrassing prank telephone call, have decided that it is in their state's best interest to ban prank calls. A bill currently circulating in the Wisconsin legislature, authored by Sen. Mary Lazich and Rep. Mark Honadel, both Republicans, would prevent callers from using fake voices, or phone numbers, in order to "defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain any information of value from" the person on the other end of the line; those found guilty of prank calls could be subject to fines of as much as $10,000.
Not that this has anything to do with Gov. Walker's recent telephone conversation with a person he believed to be billionaire conservative activist David Koch. No! Indeed, the University of Wisconsin Badger Herald writes that "the authors of the bill denied any relationship" between their proposed legislation and the recent newsworthy example of the very behavior their bill seeks to prevent, and of course we believe them, because it would be deeply distressing if two lawmakers were taking their legislative cues from the embarrassing exploits of their state governor. But, on further reflection, of course Lazich and Honadel's bill is entirely disconnected from the egg on Gov. Walker's face—"David Koch" was calling from Buffalo, N.Y., and Wisconsin would likely find it difficult to enforce this law in New York.