JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 17: Former American and English-speaking operators work through the night to convince American Online members not to cancel their AOL accounts May 17, 2006 at the IDT Global multi-lingual call center in Jerusalem, Israel. The call center, which works 24 hours a day to match clients' local times around the world, draws its staff from Israel's hundreds of thousands of immigrants from European-language and English-speaking countries, most of whom are highly educated and can be matched to share a cultural affinity with IDT's clientele. In addition to servicing AOL's most demanding members, IDT also sells phone services for the European phone company Toucan, subscriptions for the Wall Street Journal, season tickets for sports teams such as the Minnesota Twins and even fund-raises for American Jewish and Christian charities and organizations. Even though IDT competes with a much cheaper Indian market for call center outsourcing services, its labor costs still remain as much as 50% below those in North America and Europe while offering a highly motivated, well-educated and multi-lingual workforce. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

I can not tell you how many unsolicited calls I get on my cell phone at all hours, day and night.  Sometimes I answer the phone and no one answers me on the other end, which is so so so annoying!! I often think that someone needs to do something about these annoying calls. It is already illegal under state law for telemarketers to make any unsolicited calls to people in New Jersey whose phone numbers are on a “no-call” list.  You may be wondering that if I am so annoyed with these calls, why don’t I just put my number on this no-call list and be done with it. Ha, I have put my number on several lists and still manage to get calls anyway.

It seems like someone in New Jersey heard my cry for help with these calls.  Senator Jon Bramnick  has nicknamed a bill  the “Seinfeld bill.”   Senator Jon Bramnick’s bill would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they’re selling within the first 30 seconds of a call.  Not only that, they would have to state the purpose of the call, and the name and phone number of the person that they are representing. This bill has passed the Senate Commerce Committee.  What happens if the telemarketers do not provide us with this info? Failure to adhere to the new disclosure requirements would result in a disorderly person’s offense in accordance with the Consumer Fraud Act.

Why is this bill called the Seinfeld bill? Just watch this segment and you will get the comedy in the name of the bill for sure.

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