Governor signs Chenette bill to combat robocalls

Posted: May 30, 2019 | Senator Chenette

Senator Justin Chenette, D-Saco

AUGUSTA — On Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a bill from Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, to ban automated and prerecorded robocalls to residential numbers in Maine.

“Everyone I know, across my district and across the state, is sick of non-stop robocalls, especially those that disguise themselves as Maine callers,” said Sen. Chenette. “I’m thankful Gov. Mills has signed my bill into law, to protect Maine consumers from this predatory practice.”

LD 277, “An Act To Ban Telephone Solicitations Using an Artificial or Prerecorded Voice and Enhance Caller Identification,” gives the Attorney General’s office the authority to enforce a ban on automated and prerecorded voice robocalls as an unfair trade practice, specifically on the grounds that the telemarketer’s intent is to defraud, cause harm or wrongfully profit from the communication.

This bill also treats interconnected voice over internet protocol and text messaging, which are types of telecommunication services, as telemarketing under the law and clarify misleading or inaccurate caller ID information.

Nonprofits, services acting on behalf of nonprofits, telecommunications carriers, schools and emergency messages from government agencies will be exempt from the ban, as will individuals who give consent to receive this type of robocall communication.

The law will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die