The Indiana General Assembly has passed a new bill that will protect the telephone privacy of cell phone users.
A final version of the bill, House Enrolled Act 1273, passed on April 29 with a 50-0 vote in the state Senate and 93-0 vote in the House of Representatives.
Implemented under former Attorney General Steve Carter, the Do Not Call law protects Indiana consumers from annoying, unwanted telemarketing calls. More than 1.8 million residential phone numbers now are registered on the Do Not Call list.
Telephone solicitors who violate the law and call those numbers can face lawsuits from the Attorney General’s Office and financial penalties. […]
HEA 1273 clarifies the statute, allowing Indiana residents to register their cell phone numbers, prepaid wireless calling and interconnected VOIP service onto the Do Not Call list if that cell number or service is used as their residential phone number.
Telemarketers who call a cell phone number registered on the Do Not Call list will face the same penalties as those who call a registered land line. […]
The bill is now on Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ desk, awaiting his signature.