State Senate approves ban on political robo-calls: "The fall campaign season could be a lot quieter for Pennsylvanians, who during the weeks leading up to the recent primary became accustomed to automated phone calls from presidential and other campaigns.I did NOT get one single phone call in the primary campaign. Not one. We have five cell phones and two land lines. Not one. The member of the PA Senate said he thought every resident in the state had multiple robo calls.
The state Senate today approved a bill preventing candidates and campaign committees from placing automated calls to residents who join a do-not-call list.
To avoid the call, be a Libertarian. Then I'll be the only one to call you. Those Ds and Rs don't like to call me (us) -- it seems.
I think that it is much more intrusive to knock on doors than call on a phone line.
This law hinders free speech.
The ban is only against 'recorded messages' and not those made by 'live people.' That is to prevent those without big budgets to reach lots of people.
Hats off to Jim Ferlo. He voted the way I would have wanted. Senator Ferlo is on the mark with this statement.
"Free speech should trump personal annoyance and inconvenience, except in the limited case of personal cell phones which cost the owner minutes and money," Mr. Ferlo told the Post-Gazette in an e-mail message after yesterday's vote.I also agree that it is better for our carbon footprint to NOT cut down trees, print brochures, and pay to have them delivered by snail mail. The printed propaganda is expensive and an ecological nightmare. The phone calls only use recycled electrons.