Attorney General Suthers To Testify Before Congress On Robocalls

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will be in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California). Suthers will deliver testimony to the committee as it holds a hearing on the subject of Protecting Voters at Home and at the Polls: Limiting Abusive Robocalls and Vote Caging Practices. His testimony will discuss developments since the enactment of “no-call” laws and assert that, because of political robocalls, no-call laws have lost much of their beneficial effect. Congress is considering legislation to regulate political robocalls at the federal level.
 
“Robocalls are a uniquely intrusive invasion of residential privacy. Citizens are largely helpless to stop them and are looking to government for relief,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “I appreciate the invitation from Congress to convey the anger we’re hearing loud and clear from Colorado residents.”

WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 8:00 a.m. MST

WHERE: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 301, Washington, D.C. 20510

The hearing will be viewable online at http://rules.senate.gov/hearings/.

Attorney General Suthers is backing Colorado Senate Bill 146, which would ban most robocalls in the state of Colorado, with several notable exceptions. Robocalls would still be allowed if made by schools or public safety organizations, or when a citizen has given prior consent to receive such calls.

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