Rep. Franks’ ‘no call’ legislation signed into law

Rep. Franks’ ‘no call’ legislation signed into law


SPRINGFIELD—Illinois residents will soon be able to eliminate many frustrating phone calls they currently receive from telemarketers, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) that was recently signed into law.

After vetoing a similar measure passed by the General Assembly last year, citing too many loopholes in the legislation, the governor signed Senate Bill 1830 on Friday. The new law creates a Restricted Call Registry to be maintained by the Illinois Commerce Commission. The governor noted that Senate Bill 1830 was more restrictive than House Bill 176, the bill he vetoed last year.

“The governor expressed his disagreements with the previous bill the General Assembly passed, so we worked to pass legislation that was more restrictive,” Franks added. “This tougher law will grant consumers peace of mind and eliminate many of the bothersome telephone solicitations they receive.”

The new “no call” law allows Illinois residents to register their names and phone numbers with the state and be placed on a no-call database for a small fee. Once their names and numbers are placed on the list, telemarketing firms will be forbidden from calling those numbers. Businesses will also be required to pay up to $1,000 to purchase the no-call list, and violators face fines of up to $2,500 per infraction if they call names listed on the registry. Because of the time needed to set up the new database, the ICC expects to have a registration system in place by March 2003.

Franks lauded the governor’s action as a victory for consumer protection, but noted that more work is yet to be done.

“At last, Illinois residents have been given the first step toward the privacy they deserve when it comes to unwanted telemarketing calls,” Franks said. “I wish the law were stronger, but I am committed to keep working on it. Still, now if telemarketers want to interrupt your day by trying to get you to buy something, they are the ones who will pay.”

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