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Bill Targets ‘Deceptive Dialers’

Press Release from Sen. Joe Haynes, D-Nashville, and Rep. Gary Moore, D-Joelton

Phone Solicitors Preying on Senior Citizens

NASHVILLE – Sen. Joe Haynes, D-Nashville, and Rep. Gary Moore, D-Joelton, have introduced a bill designed to protect senior citizens by prohibiting the use of autodialers to disguise phone numbers.

“A lot of seniors are receiving misleading phone calls from people trying to sell them insurance, gadgets, things they don’t need. They think it’s a local call, and it’s not,” Haynes said.

The bill (SB2501/HB2503) would make it a Class A misdemeanor for anyone in the state to use a false or concealed number through an autodialer to call another Tennessee phone number. Offenders would be fined up to $2,500 for each deceptive call.

Haynes and Moore have received complaints from Davidson County residents saying their senior citizen relatives and friends have received outrageous contract offers from insurance agents, pest control companies and people posing as home repair agencies.

“We have families calling to say their loved ones are unwittingly signing up for these offers, and no one knows who is calling them,” Moore said. “We’re going to put a stop to these crooks.”

Political candidates, schools, businesses and charities still would be allowed to use autodialers, as long as their Tennessee phone number and name were displayed through caller identification. A political candidate would have to sign a written document authorizing the owner of the autodialer to use the candidate’s phone number.

Phone companies would not be held liable under the measure, which would apply only to calls within Tennessee.

The bill passed unanimously out of a Senate committee Tuesday. The House version is scheduled to be taken up in a committee Wednesday.

Senator Joe Haynes represents portions of Davidson County. Contact him at or (615) 741-6679 or G19 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0220. Visit his Web site at

Press Releases

TCPR: An Idea a Day to Keep Big Government at Bay

Press release from the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, 12 Jan. 2010:

Forty-five legislative ideas for a prosperous Tennessee

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today made available in electronic version its most recent publication, An Idea a Day: 45 Ideas for a Prosperous Tennessee. The pamphlet offers one innovative free market idea for each remaining legislative day of the 106th General Assembly. Each idea is surmised in one brief sentence, followed by a link to original work published by TCPR on the issue.

Hardcopies of the pamphlet were provided to each member of the General Assembly last week. The electronic is now available to members and their staff as the Legislature embarks on the second session of the 106th General Assembly.

“When lawmakers look for solutions that will expand individual liberty, return taxpayers’ hard-earned money to their pockets, and reduce the size and scope of government, they now have a place to turn,” said Justin Owen, Director of Policy at TCPR. “We hope members of the General Assembly utilize this simple, concise resource as they conduct the people’s business.”

The pamphlet offers solutions in each of the following policy areas:

  • Budget
  • Education
  • Government Reform
  • Government Waste
  • Healthcare
  • Property Rights
  • Regulation
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Transparency
  • Transportation

The electronic version of An Idea a Day, complete with links to original TCPR work on the ideas offered, can be viewed by clicking here.