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Supporters Say Robo-Calls Are Freedom Of Speech

Indiana's Attorney General is testifying before Congress on Friday against a bill that would allow robo-calls to be made to Indiana cell phones.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will travel to Washington Friday to testify against a bill which would invalidate Indiana’s Do Not Call Law. But a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Indiana’s law says it flies in the face of the Constitution.

If the Information Call Act passes Congress, states would not be able to prevent companies from making unsolicited calls to potential customers. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller notes opting into Indiana’s law is voluntary, and many Hoosiers have taken advantage of it.

“I think its unique to Indiana that we have two million numbers listed,” he says. So in my mind it’s a very clear signal that these people do not want to be sold things over the telephone. Looking at it from that prospective, I think the telemarketers ought to think we’re doing them a favor by eliminating the two million phone numbers that do not wish to be contacted to be sold.”

Backers say the law would allow firms to engage more customers, increase revenue and create jobs.

Paul Caprio is with Patriotic Veterans, a Chicago group which makes calls seeking to fund veterans’ causes and which filed a lawsuit against the state. He says federal law supersedes Indiana code.

“To tell you the truth I’m insulted when I hear a person who is an attorney general of a state talk about issues of minor inconvenience to voters in the state when you are dealing with political expression that has been guaranteed in the Constitution.”

Caprio says he supports the federal legislation. Zoeller says many unsolicited calls come from scammers, which, he says, are becoming rarer in Indiana.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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  • Robot

    if this new bill were to happen then i suggest everyone go purchase one of these robot phone systems and program it to begin calling congress members home numbers and their cell phones as well as their families several thousand times a day just to let them feel what they’ve caused.  elections are upcoming..it is high time to get rid of these morons. 

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