House supports Ellington’s bill helping prosecutors charge robocallers  

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, February 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – The House of Representatives today voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Jeff Ellington’s (R-Bloomington) proposal to stop intrusive and illegal telemarketers.

Ellington is working to give local prosecutors more support in order to locate and charge those who violate the state’s Do Not Call law and federal law by using automatic dialing systems to make unsolicited calls. Ellington said a large portion of these calls are scams and come from outside of the state or country.

“We need to prosecute these bad actors who are such a nuisance,” Ellington said. “I hear complaints on a daily basis from Hoosiers who are getting these calls at home and on their cell phones. If we can better locate and prosecute offenders while increasing fines others may be inclined to stop.”

Local prosecutors find it can be costly to locate violators and bring them back to Indiana to face charges. The legislation would expand the use of the Consumer Protection Division Telephone Solicitation Fund to reimburse county prosecutors for expenses incurred during the extradition process.

According to Ellington, the bill also encourages a study committee to review Indiana Code to see if criminal penalties for violators of telephone solicitation statutes should be increased and the Office of the Attorney General could better enforce compliance with laws.

House Bill 1123 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about the legislation.

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Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes

portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.

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