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Frey fights robo calls

Rep. John Frey (R-111) said Wednesday he has proposed legislation to outlaw political robo calls.  HB 6209 would add the disturbing calls to the “do not call” list, of which Rep. Frey was an original co-sponsor.

“Unwanted robo calls, notorious for interrupting dinners across the nation, have become more and more of a nuisance over the years,” said Mr. Frey.

“I have been an elected official for over 14 years and have never once used these automated calls while campaigning.  There is no substitute for going out and meeting the voters and candidates have ample opportunity to meet voters through a variety of means.”

The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates the industry, receives more than 200,000 complaints a month about the prerecorded messages, which offer everything from credit cards to new medications.

Rep. Freysaid the 2014 election is a great example of vast overlap and a major flaw in the system, “Take 2014 for example – on the ballot will be the governor’s race, lieutenant governor, comptroller, treasurer, attorney general, the U.S. House, state senate, and state house. That is eight different campaigns, with multiple candidates competing for each office.  Therefore a household can potentially receive over a dozen calls all in the same day.  The calls intent is to reach voters more efficiently and it ends up doing the opposite.”

The bill has been advanced in  the General Law Committee who will be holding a public hearing on the bill today February 7, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

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  • CMcQuilken

    I cheer on John Frey’s efforts in trying to stop robo calls.

    Parallel with that, I think we need to take a step back and have better enforcement of current phone laws. I get numerous calls every week from businesses trying to sell me things, even though I am on a “do not call” list. And even though I repeatedly make a point of speaking with their phone reps and politely asking that they not call back, it doesn’t help. A few days later I get yet another call from my good buddy Rachel at Card Holder services.

    So yes, stop the political robo calls. But at the same time, go back and make sure the current laws are going to be enforced. Or what’s the point of introducing new legislation to ban political robo calls if it’s something that just looks good on paper, but doesn’t do anything in reality?

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