By Bob Katzen
Stuck in The House Bills in Third Reading Committee since the House first gave it initial approval on June 21, 2017 is legislation that would restrict telemarketing companies doing business in the state by allowing businesses to sign up for a “do not call” list and fining companies up to $5,000 if they call a business on the list. Current law only allows individual consumers to sign up for the list.
Under the bill, all current laws that now apply to individuals would also apply to businesses including allowing a business on the list to sue a company for up to $5,000 if the company violates the law and calls the business more than once a year; preventing companies from blocking their number from appearing on any business’ Caller ID box; prohibiting companies from using recorded message devices to make these calls; and restricting these calls to between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Supporters say this long overdue bill would finally allow businesses to put a stop to these annoying invasions. They argued the system has worked well for consumers and will be a success for businesses.