INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A Chicago-based veterans advocacy groupís seven-year struggle to strike down
Indianaís ban on political robocalls has ended with the U.S. Supreme Court
declining to review a lower-court ruling upholding the law.
The Supreme Court
denied Patriotic Veterans Inc.ís bid for a review of the Seventh U.S.
Circuit Court of Appealsí January ruling upholding the law that prohibits
making pre-recorded phone calls to people without their prior consent.
challenged the law in 2010, saying it violated the First Amendment.
political groups are allowed to make live calls, even to numbers registered
on the Do Not Call list, as long as they are not sales calls. However, the
law restricts the use of technology that automatically dials residential
phone numbers and plays prerecorded messages with few exceptions.
telemarketers seek to burden residences with automated, pre-recorded phone
calls conveying unwanted messages. Simply put, without this law they would
be a nuisance,Ē Attorney General Curtis Hill said in a news release Tuesday.
President Paul Caprio said that the Supreme Courtís decision not to review
the case could lead to similar legislation in other states. His group now
places automated calls in 35 states intended to influence public policy on
issues affecting veterans.
He attributed the
Supreme Courtís decision partly to its large backlog of cases following the
death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year.
The penalty for
violating the Indiana Auto Dialer law is up to $5,000 per call, Hillís
office said. It said it received more than 15,000 complaints last year about
unwanted calls, many of which were about robocalls.