Do Not Call expansion advances with exemptions

February 24, 2014

A House committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would expand restrictions on telephone solicitation – after adding an amendment to exempt some types of organizations.

Senate Bill 349 would amend the Indiana “Do Not Call” law to include suppliers in consumer transactions and callers in commercial telephone solicitations. Monday’s amendment would exempt certain organizations with business partnerships, including newspapers, insurance companies and charities, from the law

Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, said that something needs to be done to control the overwhelming amount of telephone soliciting that is happening overseas and around the nation.

“It’s difficult to identify the caller because the tactics are becoming more complex,” Huston said.

He said law enforcement is having a hard time identifying where most of the calls are coming from, because they are generated in overseas companies and then directed back to organizations in the United States

Huston said that the bill would expand the liability of companies producing these calls and would make it illegal for a person to knowingly assist in an illegal call.

“This is not going to be a silver bullet, but just another enforcement tool,” said Huston.

The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

 

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