In late June, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 2759, which would amend the state’s existing “do not call” law. The bill currently is awaiting action by the governor.
If enacted, the bill would make a person “liable for any loss and subject to any penalty” to the same extent as the violator if the person “knows or consciously avoids knowing that another person is engaging in an act or practice that violates” the prohibition on engaging in telephone solicitations to a party at a telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry and “the person nonetheless provides substantial assistance or support for the violation, including permitting, carrying or facilitating calls that violate” the prohibition.
The bill would exempt “a telecommunications utility or cooperative corporation when engaged in providing a telecommunications service and operating as a common carrier” and “a person that enables another person to complete a voice communication by means of a network that the person operates and on which the voice communication terminates.”
This new restriction would constitute an unlawful practice under state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act.