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General Assembly

File No. 536

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5563

House of Representatives, April 17, 2018

The Committee on Judiciary reported through REP. TONG of the 147th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING ROBO CALLS AND SPOOFING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 16-256e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(a) No person may use any device which transmits an unsolicited recorded telephone message for any commercial, business or advertising purpose to any telephone customer in the state and which continues the call and message after the customer hangs up the receiver. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars.

(b) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section while intentionally using a blocking device or service to circumvent a telephone customer's use of a caller identification service or device shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2018

16-256e

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Section 1(b), "consumer's" was changed to "telephone customer's" for consistency with Subsection (a).

JUD

Joint Favorable Subst. -LCO

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Minimal

Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill expands the offense of certain telemarketing related calls and results in a potential minimal revenue gain to the extent that fines are levied. However there have been no violations under the current offense in FY 16 or FY 17.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of fines.

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5563

AN ACT CONCERNING ROBO CALLS AND SPOOFING.

SUMMARY

Existing law prohibits a person from transmitting unsolicited recorded business, commercial, and advertising messages to Connecticut customers through telephone message devices that do not immediately disconnect when the customer hangs up (e.g., robocalls) and requires violators to be fined up to $1,000.  

This bill makes it a class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year imprisonment, up to a $1,000 fine, or both) for a person to intentionally use a blocking device or service to circumvent a customer's caller identification service or device to transmit this type of unsolicited message.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

41

Nay

0

(04/04/2018)

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