1. CobbGOPer says:

    So the Senate votes to step on political free speech. I guess they like McCain-Feingold more than we thought.

  2. CobbGOPer says:

    I hope they remember this later this year when they have to shell out much more money on direct mail during their re-election campaigns. They’ve just made getting elected much more expensive.

  3. IndyInjun says:

    It is free speech if there is a live person on the other end, as far as I am concerned. I have no problem with phone banks, but then I’m old fashioned.

  4. SouthFultonGuy says:

    Banning robo-calls benefit incumbents who have larger war chests and can afford those more expensive campaign techniques.

    Robo-calls provide a means for the little guys: “challengers” or “neighborhood groups” to fight status quo or heavily funded efforts inexpensively.

    Unfortunately some abused the tool prompting retaliation albeit short sighted by legislators.

    What they should have introduced was some sort of Opt Out – do not call mechanism.

  5. CobbGOPer says:

    “What they should have introduced was some sort of Opt Out – do not call mechanism.”

    I concur, much easier and less expensive in terms of money and resources (volunteers) than the proposal now that you have to have a “live” person call first prior to any pre-recorded message being played.

    SFG is also right in that this bill only serves to benefit incumbents who have a larger warchest than potential challengers, who utilize these robo-calls as a cheap and effective way to get your message out without having to organize alot of massive walking/door-knocking campaigns and/or spending alot more money on expensive direct mail.

  6. I’m sure eventually they’ll ban all that annoying election mail, knocks on doors from strangers and even political advertisements that interrupt the (higher paying) corporate advertisements.

    They will let newspapers tell us who to vote for, but only for a couple of years. Eventually it will just be go to the ballot box and pick the better sounding name, and then the final reform: incumbents get to pick what name their opponent runs as.

  7. Bill Simon says:

    That 40 senators voted for this bill demonstrate to me that the collective IQ of the state senate is about the same now as it was under Democrat rule…and that was low then.

  8. I don’t like this at all. I just responded to a robo call from Dick Armey on behalf of Tom Graves and the other committee members removed.

    Robo calls serve a purpose. Yeah they’re annoying, but good grief, just about everything is annoying.

    I certainly could be wrong but this doesn’t seem to be a good piece of legislation. A couple of days ago everyone was throwing a fit over Sen. Mullis’s resolution which has no weight and accomplishes nothing other than to express the sponsor’s point of view. This should be big deal.

  9. CHelf says:

    There goes my paycheck. This bill does protect the incumbents and also hurts the same groups who send action alert messages out as well. As for a live person and free speech, do political ads on television or radio fall into the “live person” category? Why not just expand a Do Not Call list here in GA to cover the robo-calls instead of passing an across the board limit on speech?

  10. I added two phone lines 3 weeks ago. Since, I’ve received robo collection calls for whoever had the phone numbers previously and have been slammed with robo faxes for health insurance, vacations etc. etc.

    Apparently,,,, the legislature is only concerned with political speech. Funny, leading up to election day I receied 2 Romney, 1 McCain, 1 Huckabee and a GRTL call. So create new laws that elimanate a tremendous minority of the calls we get. Hmmm….

    Perhaps we should ban blogs, newspapers, mailers and simply cut ourselves off from any communication. Yeah that’s ridiculous, but so is this legislation. Hopefully the House will squash this.

    Heck, if my memory serves me correctly, I received robo calls 2 years ago during a hotly contested LG race from some of the sponsors of this legislation…..

  11. Oh, I did get 1 Ron Paul call too. Several months ago I got several from someone running for Mayor in College Park. I live nowhere near it. I simply do to these what I do to the live calls I don’t want to take, either delete or hang up.

  12. Demonbeck says:

    They can take away our robo-calls, but they can never take away our robo-morse codes!

    Actually, I think this is wonderful and does not restrict anyone’s right to free speech. The First Amendment does not grant anyone the right to come into my home without an invitation – physically or electronically. Phone lines in a private residence should not be considered public domain. (This, of course, excludes those with warrants.)

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