2011 News Releases

Attorney General Schmidt opposes allowing automated calls to cell phones

Release Date: Dec 13, 2011

TOPEKA – (December 13, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently joined attorneys general from 47 other states and six territories in asking Congress to reject proposed legislation to allow automated marketing calls to mobile phones.

In the letter, the attorneys general expressed concerns for consumers’ privacy if the Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011 (H.R. 3035) were to be enacted. The attorneys general were also concerned the proposal could undermine stricter state telemarketing laws. The proposal would amend the Communications Act of 1934 and allow automated marketing calls to be placed to consumers’ cell phones.

“H.R. 3035 would change the law and undermine federal and state efforts to shield consumers from a flood of solicitation, marketing, debt collection and other unwanted calls and texts to their cell phones,” the attorneys general wrote. “In the process, H.R. 3035 also would shift the cost of these calls – such as debt collection and marketing calls – to consumers, placing a significant burden on low income consumers. Furthermore, H.R. 3035 will create obstacles to effective enforcement of state consumer protection laws.”

The bill is currently under consideration in the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. A hearing on the bill was held before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology last month.

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