Committee: Technology and ResearchSponsor: Lipscomb
Analyst: John FriedenreichDate: 05/01/2019


House Bill 40 as introduced would to make it a violation of the Alabama Telemarketer Act, telephone solicitations statutes, and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act to intentionally cause a false caller identification to appear on a recipientsí phone. However, this bill provides exceptions for organizations that hire a marketing service to make calls. This bill could increase the obligations of the Attorney Generalís Office and the Public Service Commission to adopt rules and regulations and administer the provisions of this bill.

Additionally, this bill could increase receipts to the Public Service Commission from civil penalties and to the State General Fund and municipal general funds from fines; increase receipts to the State General Fund, county general funds, municipal general funds, and other funds to which court costs are deposited; and could increase the obligations of the State General Fund, local jails, community corrections programs, the district attorneys, the Department of Corrections, and the Board of Pardons and Paroles by an amount dependent upon the number of persons charged with and convicted of the offenses provided by this bill and the penalties imposed.

Joe Lovvorn, Chair
Technology and Research