RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- State Rep. Jan Giegler (R-138) of Danbury and Ridgefield voted to strengthen financial penalties against telephone solicitors who violate the state’s “do not call” registry.
Giegler joined her House colleagues by passing a bill that also prohibits sending any messages to mobile telephones or other electronic devices with the exception of email.
The bill, SB 209 – An Act Prohibiting Unsolicited Text Messages and Increasing Penalties for Violations of the Do Not Call Registry, passed unanimously in the House of Representatives. Under the bill, solicitors would be permitted to send marketing texts or make calls only if they received prior written consent from the customer, according to the press release.
“By taking a strong stand and imposing stiffer financial penalties against sales groups who choose to ignore the 'do not call' registry Connecticut is putting its residents’ privacy concerns ahead of sales interests,” Giegler said. “Holding these agencies to a higher standard will reduce unwanted intrusions into our private lives.”
The bill raises fines for violating the “Do Not Call” registry requirements from a maximum of $11,000 to $20,000. Additionally, the bill requires all companies that issue account statements for cell phones, telephones and mobile devices to print a conspicuous notice twice per year which informs consumers of prohibited actions by solicitors, how to place your number on the “Do Not Call’ registry, and how to file a complaint with the Department of Consumer Protection for any violations you experience.