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SB 379 - Automatic Calling Device Restrictions - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Automatic Calling Device Restrictions

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (45-4) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (157-0) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (40-9) - (Key vote)

Title: Automatic Calling Device Restrictions

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that regulates the use of automatic dialing and recorded message (ADAD) equipment, and requires a live operator obtain a subscriber's consent before an automatic call can be made.

Highlights:
- Requires the live operator to provide information about their organization, purpose, what message is being promoted, and if funds will be solicited before connecting the subscriber to the automatic message [sec. 1 (c)]. - Prohibits the use of ADAD equipment that does not disconnect within ten seconds after a completed call [sec.1 (d)]. - Prohibits the use of ADAD equipment that randomly or sequentially generates numbers and does not avoid calling hospitals, emergency numbers, cell phones and numbers on the do-not-call list [sec.1 (d)] -Prohibits the use of ADAD equipment before 8:00 A.M. or after 9:00 P.M. [sec.1 (e)]. - Finds that anyone who knowingly violates any of the above provisions (Section 1) is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a cease and desist order, a civil penalty of $2,000 per knowing violation, and further legal action in higher courts for each subsequent violation [sec. 1 (g) (k)]. - Grants the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs the responsibility of receiving complaints, investigating cases, and initiating proceedings against violators of this act [sec. 1 (g)]. - Allows individuals having received more than one unauthorized automatic call by the same person or organization per year to bring a civil action for actual monetary loss or $2,000, whichever is greater [sec. 1 (h)]. - Requires those who seek to utilize ADAD equipment to submit an application and fee to obtain a permit that must be renewed every two years [sec. 2 (a)]. - Requires telephone companies to disconnect the phone lines of automatic callers who failed to obtain a permit within ten days of notification [sec. 2 (b)]. - This is a substitute bill offered by the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee.
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Automatic Calling Device Restrictions

Sponsors

  • John D. Bulloch Jr. (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • George B. Hooks (GA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Eric B. Johnson (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael S. Meyer von Bremen (GA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Chip Pearson (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Preston W. Smith (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
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