It was sort of like "Let's Make a Deal" for Utah lawmakers:
Behind Door No. 1 was a bill that would have banned computer-generated phones calls with a recorded message.Behind Door No. 2 was a bill that would have prohibited live messages as well.
And behind Door No. 3 was a bill that would significantly restrict the conditions under which telemarketing phone calls could be made.
The House voted 54-16 Friday in favor of Door No. 3, a bill that would impose tough regulations on telemarketers, but that does not prohibit the activity as the two other bills would have done.
Under the provisions of HB155, telemarketing companies may call residences only between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., they must disconnect the telephone line within 10 seconds after the phone is hung up and they must identify who they are and the purpose for their call within the first 10 seconds of the call.
Also, people who don't want to receive the calls at all may register their phone number with the Public Service Commission. Telemarketing firms must then exempt those phone numbers from the computer calls.
The bill now goes to the Senate for action.