I’m sure you, like me, are sick of the non-stop telemarketing calls that are constantly coming through on your cell phone…well that could be changing.
There is a new robocall bill that is being sent to Governor Ron DeSantis. If he signs it, it could go into effect as soon as July 1st.
The new bill is nicknamed “Mini-TCPA” after the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits certain telemarketing practices by limiting companies’ use of automatic telephone dialing systems.
The explaination is pretty extensive, but here are some highlights from The Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee’s summary:
“This bill requires all sales telephone calls, text messages, and direct-to-voicemail transmissions to have the receiving consumer’s prior express written consent if the call will be made using an automated machine to dial the recipient’s phone number, or will play a recorded message upon connection with the recipient.”
“The bill creates a private right of action to enforce the above provisions. An aggrieved party may petition a court to enjoin the violating party. A prevailing plaintiff may recover the greater sum of either their actual monetary damages or $500. Additionally, a court may increase damages by up to three times, for a willful or knowing violation.”
The bill also limits calls to the hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and cannot call about the same subject more than three times in one 24-hour period.
Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal