Friday, June 08, 2007

A bill to restrict the annoying automated political phone calls under Senate Bill 863

The Oregonian--

Robin's Commentary

For me, one of the fastest methods that politician could use to get a no vote from me is to use one of those automated telephone solicitors. you know the ones that just as soon as you pick up the telephone you hear an advertisement in your ear.

Plus, even if you're one of those that have signed up for the "do not call" list, you will still receive political phone calls.

Senate Bill 863, recently out of the House rules committee Wednesday, offers to restrict the so-called "Robo calls" does imposing fines of $5,000 per call.

However, groups such as the Oregon education Association are against the idea because "Robo callers" are a cheap way for campaigns to reach out to voters.

Personally, I've always felt that if my telephone is going to be used as a device for advertising, that my phone bill should be subsidized by those companies for the privilege.

The bill passed out of committee unanimously. It heads to the house, where, if it passes, it needs Senate concurrence in the House amendments to become law.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

as it is we are paying for the charges to access phone service to the Feds. if they want to use the lines for campaigning then they can pay US!

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