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Indiana Official Speaks Against “Telemarketing” Bill

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A congressional bill could allow robo-calls to cell phones.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Wednesday called on Hoosiers to help oppose a bill in Congress he says will open the door to a wave of telemarketing calls in the state.

Zoeller will testify in Washington on Friday before a House subcommittee opposing legislation that would allow robo-calls to cell phones. Indiana’s No-Call law, which is much stricter than its federal counterpart, currently prohibits robo-calls to all phones on the No-Call list. But Zoeller says the proposed change in federal law would limit the state’s ability to enforce its stricter laws.

“The measure proposed in Congress constitutes what I consider a federal assault on Americans’ privacy,” he says.

Proponents of the legislation say opening up businesses’ ability to contact a wider pool of consumers via their cell phones will help stimulate the economy. Zoeller is asking Hoosiers to contact their Congressmen and voice their opposition to the measure.

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