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Pro-Telemarketer Bill Introduced

A House committee has agreed to debate a bill to lift the ban placed on the ability of telephone companies to make customer cold calls. The House State Affairs Committee introduced the bill Thursday and sent it to the Business Committee for review. The bill is being pushed by Minnesota-based Frontier Communications and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc. The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a “Do Not Call” list hampers their ability to market new services to customers/Eye on Boise, AP. More here.

Question: You'd think that this bill would be dead on arrival. But remember. The Idaho Legislature adopted the Luna Laws despite overwhelmingly public opposition. Our legislators are capable of turning the telemarketers loose on us again because they know they'll always be re-elected because they have an R after their name. Am I too cynical here?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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