General Law Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-209

Title:

AN ACT PROHIBITING UNSOLICITED COMMERCIAL TEXT MESSAGES AND INCREASING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY.

Vote Date:

3/13/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/25/2014

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

General Law Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This proposal will tighten loopholes in currently law to reduce unwanted, unsolicited phone intrusions.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Senator Donald E. Williams, 29th Senate District:

The purpose of this bill is to provide a solution to increased, unwanted phone intrusions. Although there are current laws that prohibit this behavior, this bill serves to improve upon current law.

Abraham Scarr, Director, Connecticut Public Interest Research Group:

Mr. Scarr testified that this bill isn't only timely and important; it is a measure to save money for consumer. He also continued to mention that this bill increases the maximum potential liability of solicitors who violate the law from $11,000 to $12,000.

Also speaking in support:

AARP-CT

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Gerard Keegan, CTIA- The Wireless Association:

The concerns of Mr. Keegan are with section 2. He mentioned that this bill would negatively impact the business efficiencies built into the providers' nationwide billing platforms. “In addition, the space in, length of, provider bills are limited. Accordingly, a state-specific notice as contemplated in SB 209 would be unduly burdensome.

Reported by: Adrian Spence

Date: 3/26/14