“Spoofing” bill heads to governor’s desk

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)-Have you answered a call from a local number on your phone, only to discover it’s an out of state or out of country telemarketer? Legislation to crack down on the practice, known as “spoofing,” is headed to the Governor’s desk, according to bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Bratcher of Louisville.

The Kentucky General Assembly gave final passage to Bratcher’s consumer protection legislation to protect Kentuckians from telemarketing “spoofers,” by requiring that telephone solicitors either list their true caller identification number, or leave it as unknown. The measure makes the first offense a Class B misdemeanor, with each subsequent offense being a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year of jail or a fine of no more than $5,000.

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HB 84 spells out exemptions for situations involving police investigations, domestic violence, or a need to protect the identity of a whistleblower. The final version of the bill also gives private attorneys the ability to go after perpetrators, in addition to the Attorney General and the Commonwealth Attorney with appropriate jurisdiction.

Bratcher pre-filed the legislation in November, and has long been recognized as a consumer advocate for his efforts to bring more transparency to business practices.

You can view HB 84 here.