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Telemarketers couldn’t conceal name or number on calls under bill advancing in Trenton

By: - February 5, 2024 3:24 pm

The bill's sponsors aim to make telemarketing more transparent by forbidding sales callers from concealing their name and number on caller ID. (Getty Images)

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill Monday intended to stop sneaky practices by telemarketers by requiring them to disclose their name and number on caller ID.

The Senate’s commerce committee unanimously approved the bill, which was sponsored by Sens. James Beach (D-Camden) and Nellie Pou (D-Passaic).

Telemarketers often inundate residents with calls, concealing their identity or blocking their number in an effort to ensure they pick up the call, Beach said.

“This bill will help empower consumers to choose which calls they would like to answer by making it clear who is actually on the other end,” he said in a statement.

The legislation builds on a telemarketing transparency law Gov. Phil Murphy signed last May that requires telemarketers to reveal within 30 seconds the name, mailing address, telephone number, and purpose of their call.

Pou chairs the committee that advanced the bill Monday.

“This legislation will allow people to better screen such calls, and give them more time talking to those they actually want to hear from,” she said in a statement.

The Assembly version of the bill awaits a vote by that chamber’s consumer affairs committee.

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Dana DiFilippo
Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo comes to the New Jersey Monitor from WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, and the Philadelphia Daily News, a paper known for exposing corruption and holding public officials accountable. Prior to that, she worked at newspapers in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and suburban Philadelphia and has freelanced for various local and national magazines, newspapers and websites. She lives in Central Jersey with her husband, a photojournalist, and their two children.

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