Political robo call ban heads to NJ Assembly

Recorded phone calls for political candidates have annoyed enough people that state lawmakers are looking to ban them for good. Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew said he received enough complaints from constituents

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2007, 11:07 PM

Updated 6,186 days ago

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Political robo call ban heads to NJ Assembly
Recorded phone calls for political candidates have annoyed enough people that state lawmakers are looking to ban them for good.
Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew said he received enough complaints from constituents about the robo calls that he introduced a bill to ban them in New Jersey. The bill, which would ban robo calls made within New Jersey, unanimously passed committee Thursday.
Though the bill would stop political robo calls that come from inside the Garden State, calls from outside the state would be allowed. Republican political consultant Larry Weitzner said the bill may not do much good.?Most of the companies who do the calls are out of state,? Weitzner said. ?So it?s hard to figure out how this law would work or be effective.?
Van Drew said he plans to push for a federal version too, so all the calls will stop. ?We need both, but this is a good beginning,? Van Drew said.
Meanwhile, Van Drew?s bill banning calls from within New Jersey will head to the full Assembly for a vote.


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