Bill cracking down on robo-telemarketing calls advances in Oklahoma Senate | national news

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Senate panel on Thursday passed a bill seeking to crack down on robo-telemarketing calls.

House Bill 3168, dubbed the “Telephone Solicitation Act of 2022,” passed the Senate Business, Trade, and Tourism Committee by an 11-0 vote.

“What we’re mainly trying to do is stop the robocalls,” said Sen. Bill Coleman, R-Ponca City. “There isn’t really a human on the other end. These things come and go, and they are constant.

Salespeople could still make calls, but they wouldn’t be robocalls, he said.

For a robocall to be legal, the person receiving it should have given prior written consent, according to the law.

The measure would also ban sales calls that do not display the original number and name.

It would also disallow sales calls that originally alter the caller’s voice and block caller ID or display a phone number other than the actual originating number.

This would also prohibit calls before 8am and after 8pm

Sen. Cody Rogers, R-Tulsa, asked if the ban would also apply to text messages.

Coleman initially said he wouldn’t, but later learned the measure would apply to text messages.

The law provides certain exemptions, including solicitations for religious, charitable, political or educational purposes.

It contains a private right of action clause that would allow those who believe the resulting law has been violated to recover actual damages or $500, whichever is greater.

Oklahomans were inundated with robocalls seeking to sell a number of items, including car warranties.

“Make sure your car warranty is up to date,” Coleman joked just before the vote.

Norman D. Briggs