Attorney General Suthers Comments On Robocall Vote

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today issued the following statement after a 4-1 vote by the Senate committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs to kill SB-146, which would have banned most robocalls in Colorado:

“In the last few years, over 9,000 people have complained to the Colorado No-Call Registry about robocalls. Thousands of others have complained to my office and other government agencies. Colorado citizens believe robocalls are uniquely intrusive to their residential privacy and polls show that the public is overwhelmingly in favor of limiting such calls.

“We presented a bill to limit robocalls that addressed all constitutional concerns and I am disappointed that the Senate Committee voted it down. I understand that banning robocalls is not in the interest of politicians, political parties, and political operatives that profit from them, but I hope the public interest will eventually prevail.”

“Because only the legislature can rescue Coloradans from the unwanted onslaught of robocalls, I would urge citizens to direct future complaints to their state legislators.”

Senators Sue Windels (D-Arvada), Chris Romer (D-Denver), Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs), and Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) voted against the ban.

SB-146 would have prohibited the use of automated dialing systems to make robocalls to Coloradans, with several notable exceptions. Robocalls would still have been allowed for schools or public safety organizations, or when a citizen had given prior consent to receive such calls. Politicians, charities, and other organizations would still have been able to make robocalls, as long as a citizen had given prior consent.

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