Comments: IN HB1601 | 2019 | Regular Session

Bill Title: Telephone solicitations. Allows the consumer protection division (division) of the office of the attorney general to use the consumer protection division telephone solicitation fund (fund) to: (1) administer the statutes concerning: (A) the registration of telephone solicitors; and (B) the regulation of automatic dialing machines; and (2) reimburse county prosecutors for expenses incurred in extraditing violators of these and other state and federal statutes concerning telephone solicitations. (Current law provides that the fund may only be used to administer: (1) the state's "do not call" statute; (2) the federal statute concerning restrictions on the use of telephone equipment; and (3) the state statute concerning misleading or inaccurate caller identification.) Provides that certain civil penalties recovered by the attorney general for violations of the statutes concerning: (1) the registration of telephone solicitors; and (2) the regulation of automatic dialing machines; shall be deposited in the fund. Amends the statute concerning the registration of telephone solicitors to require all sellers attempting to solicit prospects by telephone to register with the division before doing business in Indiana. (Current law only requires registration by sellers who offer one or more items with a total value of more than $100 and less than $50,000.) Increases the level of existing criminal offenses for violations of the state statutes concerning: (1) the registration of telephone solicitors; (2) the regulation of automatic dialing machines; and (3) misleading or inaccurate caller identification.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-22 - First reading: referred to Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications [HB1601 Detail]

Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

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