Governor Pat Quinn signed two new laws Monday to protect Illinois consumers from so called robo calls and to establish clear usage terms on pre paid purchasing cards. One bill requires those who operate an automatic telephone dialer for commercial purposes to keep a record of all calls they make. it also requires the auto dialer to sufficiently document any calls they make that they claim are exempt from the Restricted Call Registry Act. The law is designed to add teeth to existing laws. It takes effect immediately. A second new law requires specific disclosure requirements regarding fees for general use, pre paid purchasing cards. The law applies to any card sold to a consumer after January 1, 2015 to give businesses ample time to dispose of existing card inventories and become compliant. This law goes into effect January 1, 2014.
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