New Jersey Is Proposing the “Seinfeld Bill”
State lawmakers in New Jersey are pushing forward with a bill that would require telemarketers to disclose their employer’s phone number when making calls to consumers.
The bill referred to as the “Seinfeld bill” by some, aims to provide greater transparency and accountability in telemarketing practices.
Under the proposed legislation, telemarketers would be required to clearly state their employer’s name and phone number at the beginning of each call.
This information would allow consumers to easily reach out to the company if they have any complaints or concerns about the call they received.
“Telemarketers often hide behind anonymity when making calls, making it difficult for consumers to hold them accountable,” said the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Bob Smith. “This bill will give consumers the tools they need to fight back against unwanted calls and hold telemarketers accountable for their actions.”
The bill has received widespread support from consumer advocacy groups, who argue that it will help to reduce the number of unwanted telemarketing calls and protect consumers from potential scams and fraudulent practices.
Telemarketing companies, on the other hand, have raised concerns about the burden that the bill would place on their businesses. They argue that the requirement to provide employer contact information would increase the cost of doing business and may discourage legitimate telemarketing efforts.
The “Seinfeld bill” is now pending in the state senate, where lawmakers will have to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of the proposal before making a decision.
If passed, New Jersey would become the first state in the nation to require telemarketers to provide their employer’s phone number.
The bill’s proponents argue that greater transparency and accountability in telemarketing practices are long overdue and that the time has come for consumers to have greater control over the calls they receive. As the bill moves forward, all eyes will be on the state senate, as they determine whether the “Seinfeld bill” will become law.
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