LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3) – One Kentucky lawmaker wants to make some of the ways telemarketers reach out to consumers illegal in the state.
Rep. Kevin Bratcher pre-filed a bill that bans telemarketers from using phony numbers. It would force them to use their original number to make calls.
The bill would also make it illegal to use pre-recorded messages for solicitation. That does not mean emergency messages from schools and other official agencies, or anything you have consented to receive.
The bill would establish a $500 fine for first-time violations and a $3,000 fine for subsequent violations.
Bratcher said although most of the calls come from out of the country, a lot come from local organizations or at least a company here in the states.
So in the meantime, if you don’t recognize the number, let it go to voicemail first.
Report any unwanted calls to your attorney general’s office and the FCC.
The bill will come up in the next session that begins January 8, 2019.