Ellington works to stop unwanted calls

Posted by: Brenda L. Holmes  | Thursday, September 13, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 13, 2018) State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) is working to stop unwanted calls and strengthen penalties against phone scammers and robocalls.

Ellington testified at this week’s hearing for the Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, calling for stronger penalties for telephone solicitation violations, expanding the Do Not Call list and funding cybersecurity in Indiana.

“With technology rapidly advancing, it’s important Indiana takes additional steps to combat unwanted phone calls,” Ellington said. “My intent is to build on my legislation from last year and offer an additional proposal in the 2019 legislative session that helps further protect Hoosiers and Indiana businesses from unwanted calls.”

Ellington is working on legislation to allow businesses to sign up for the Do Not Call list and implement stronger penalties for telephone solicitation violations. He said allowing businesses to sign up for the Do Not Call list would save employers time and resources, and stronger penalties for certain telephone solicitation violations would help hold more telemarketing companies including executive officers accountable.

The Indiana Do Not Call list allows citizens to register their personal telephone numbers and keep telemarketers from calling. Ellington said even after signing up for the Do Not Call list, many Hoosiers are still inconvenienced and sometimes put at financial risk by these calls that come from scammers in other countries.

In the 2018 legislative session, Ellington authored a proposal that would have strengthened the state’s telephone solicitation law, but hit several roadblocks. He said expanding the Do Not Call list and other telephone solicitation policies will help create a united front against unwanted calls.

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Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes

portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.

A high-resolution photo of Ellington can be downloaded by clicking here.