|Posted:||April 30, 2014 12:43 PM|
|From:||Representative Dan Truitt|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Penalty Increase for “Do Not Call” Violations|
Having received numerous complaints from constituents in regards to telemarketers who clearly are not deterred by “do not call” lists, I will soon introduce legislation that dramatically increases the penalties associated with ignoring the Pennsylvania “do not call” list(s). My hope is that this will create a greater deterrence for telemarketers who ignore telemarketing laws while also increasing the incentive for the Attorney General to enforce our telemarketing laws. At the same time, I will introduce legislation to increase the probability that consumers will report telemarketers who ignore our laws by increasing the percentage of fines that are handed over to the folks who file the complaints that lead to prosecutions. In order to pursue these measures, two bills will be required to get this job done.
I hope that you will join me in sponsoring this legislation to lessen some of the irritation of our constituents. Copies of both bills are attached.
Introduced as HB2250
|Description:||My first piece of legislation will increase the civil penalty for ignoring the “do not call” list. Current statute sets the penalty at a maximum of $1,000.00 ($3,000.00 if the “victim” is 60 years of age or older). My legislation seeks to raise that limit to $10,000.00 ($15,000.00 if the “victim” is 60 years of age or older). I’m hopeful that this piece will cause telemarketers to take our laws more seriously.|
Introduced as HB2249
|Description:||My second piece of legislation seeks to increase the remittance of fines to the person who filed the complaint which led to the prosecution that led to the fine(s). Current statute specifies that 10% (a maximum of $100.00) of fines that are collected shall be remitted to the person who filed the complaint. My legislation will increase that percentage to 50% and will increase the dollar limit to $7,500.00. I’m hopeful that this will cause telemarketers to believe that there’s a good chance that someone will actually file a complaint against them should they overstep their bounds.