NO ROBOCALLS TO CELL PHONES

By Bob Katzen

The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee will hold a hearing on October 7 at 1 p.m. in the Statehouse’s Gardner Auditorium on a bill that would prohibit robocalls to cell phones and other mobile electronic devices. The measure exempts messages from school districts to students, parents or employees; from companies advising employees of work schedules; from correctional facilities advising victims of the release of an offender; from municipalities and state government; from public utilities; and from persons concerning the care, services or supplies related to the health of an individual.

The measure would fine companies up to $10,000 if they make an illegal robocall and allow an individual who is called more than once in a year to sue a company for damages.

The House gave initial approval to the bill in the 2017-2018 session but it died when the session ended.

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