State Representative Spencer Black (D-Madison) introduced legislation that would essentially ban “robocalls,” in part because the automatic phone messages are used too aggressively in campaigning. John Maycroft testified on Black’s behalf at an Assembly Consumer Protection Committee hearing Wednesday.
But Matt Beier, General Counsel with Key Financial Services, says the bill’s language would severely hamper their efforts in debt collecting. Beier says they can double their amount of calls per day by use of automatic dialers.
The proposal requires the calling party to reveal themselves and obtain consent from the home’s resident before playing any recorded message. Government agencies, fellow members of the same organization and parties who’ve already established a business relationship would be exempt.