[r90] Rep. Speedy authors Second Amendment, Do Not Call bills (1/14/2011)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Start Date: 1/14/2011 All Day
End Date: 1/14/2011

Rep. Speedy authors Second Amendment, Do Not Call bills

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) has authored two bills that could have a big impact on Hoosiers' daily lives. House Bill 1536 would expand Indiana's Do Not Call list to cover mobile providers, and House Bill 1540 would prohibit firearm regulations by local governments.

HB1536 proposes expanding the state-wide Do Not Call list to include all Indiana phone numbers. Currently, the Do Not Call list only covers landline-based phone numbers in Indiana. HB 1536 would allow Hoosiers with cell phones and internet-based phone services such as Vonage to add their numbers to the list, as well. It would also require the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's office to notify Indiana residents of the changes and of their right to add their numbers to the list.

HB1540 would include prohibiting any ordinances or measures that regulate firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories by local governments. The bill would also allow individuals to file an action against any local government that attempts to enact such policies if that person is adversely affected by a policy made by a local government that violated the law.

"These bills would help protect Hoosiers' freedom and privacy," said Rep. Speedy. "Many people solely use their cell phones in this day and age, so it is important that we recognize them on the Do Not Call list. And I authored HB 1540 so that we might have a uniform set of firearm laws across the state. The result for law-abiding citizens is a complex patchwork of restrictions that change from one local jurisdiction to the next. It is unreasonable to require Hoosiers, or travelers within Indiana, to memorize a myriad of laws. Where so many ordinances exist, citizens with no criminal intent are placed in jeopardy of running afoul of restrictions they don't even know exist."