S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 3751 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 13, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. DeFRANCISCO, BOYLE, LARKIN, MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to enacting the "voter privacy act" to include political calls in the no telemarketing sales calls statewide registry THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "voter 2 privacy act". 3 S 2. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision 1 of section 399-p of the 4 general business law, as amended by chapter 581 of the laws of 1992, are 5 amended to read as follows: 6 (c) "consumer" means a natural person who is solicited to purchase, 7 lease or receive a good or service for personal, family or household 8 use, OR WHO IS SOLICITED TO SUPPORT A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE, OR A 9 POLITICAL POSITION, ISSUE OR CAUSE; 10 (d) "consumer telephone call" means a call made to a telephone number 11 by a telephone solicitor, whether by device, live operator, or any 12 combination thereof, for the purpose of soliciting a sale of any consum- 13 er goods or services for personal, family or household purposes to the 14 consumer called, or for the purpose of soliciting an extension of credit 15 for consumer goods or services to the consumer called, or for the 16 purpose of obtaining information that will or may be used for the direct 17 solicitation of a sale of consumer goods or services to the consumer 18 called or an extension of credit for such purposes, OR FOR THE PURPOSE 19 OF PROMOTING A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE, OR A POLITICAL POSITION, 20 ISSUE OR CAUSE; provided, however, that "consumer telephone call" shall 21 not include a call made by a telephone corporation, as defined by subdi- 22 vision seventeen of section two of the public service law, in response EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07813-01-3 S. 3751 2 1 to a specific inquiry initiated by a consumer regarding that consumer's 2 existing or requested telephone service; and 3 S 3. Paragraphs c and j of subdivision 1 of section 399-z of the 4 general business law, as amended by chapter 369 of the laws of 2012, are 5 amended to read as follows: 6 c. "Customer" means any natural person who is a resident of this state 7 and who is or may be required to pay for or to exchange consideration 8 for goods and services offered through telemarketing, OR WHO IS SOLICIT- 9 ED TO SUPPORT A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE, OR A POLITICAL POSITION, 10 ISSUE OR CAUSE; 11 j. "Telemarketing sales call" means a telephone call made by a tele- 12 marketer or by any outbound telephone calling technology that delivers a 13 prerecorded message to a customer or to a customer's voicemail or 14 answering machine service for the purpose of inducing payment or the 15 exchange of any other consideration for any goods or services, OR FOR 16 THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE, OR A POLITICAL 17 POSITION, ISSUE OR CAUSE; 18 S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.