Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said he will lobby Congress on Friday against a federal bill he says would strip the telephone privacy rights of residents in Indiana. Zoeller plans to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology against House Resolution 3035, a primarily Republican-backed bill being considered in the U.S. House. The bill would allow telemarketers and debt collectors to start dialing residents’ cellphones and, if approved, would override Indiana’s “Do Not Call” law and lead to a flood of robocalls to people’s phones, Zoeller said Wednesday.
Supporters of the bill say it would update federal law to allow businesses to compete in an environment where cellphones have largely replaced landlines.
Zoeller is fighting on multiple legal fronts to maintain Indiana’s strong “Do Not Call” law and ban on political robocalls.
The Southern District of Indiana ruled in September that Indiana’s ban on political robocalls violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protections Act which governs interstate communications. The Indiana Supreme Court is separately considering whether the state rightfully enforced the measure against FreeEats.com.
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