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State's Ban On Robocalls Will Stand
Updated June 30, 2017 6:05 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says the state's ban on robocalls will stand. The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Patriotic Veterans Inc. to review the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which upholds the ban, effectively putting the legal challenge to rest.

Indiana's anti-robocall law prohibits making pre-recorded message calls to Hoosier residents' phones without their consent. Patriotic Veterans Inc. originally challenged the law in 2010, saying it violated the First Amendment.

"Every day, telemarketers seek to burden residences with automated, pre-recorded phone calls conveying unwanted messages. Simply put, without this law they would be a nuisance," said Hill. "The Seventh Circuit's ruling upholding our law is vital to our continued efforts to protect the telephone privacy of Hoosiers across the state, and we are pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision."

Hill's office says the organization was seeking an exception to the ban for political messages. He says campaigns and political groups are allows to make "live" calls, including to numbers on the Do Not Call list, as long as they are not sales calls.



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