BATON ROUGE, La. -- A Jefferson Parish lawmaker's bid to restrict telephone calls from political campaigns to homes and businesses that sign up for Louisiana's "Do Not Call" list was rejected Tuesday by a House committee.
Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, said people who signed up for the Do Not Call registry expected that the ban would extend to campaign calls. He said he filed the proposal (House Bill 151) after getting complaints from people bombarded multiple times daily by candidates and campaigns, especially in the late stages of an election.
"The people have chosen to be restricted. The people have said they don't want you to call them," Henry said.
Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, opposed the measure, saying it would raise freedom of speech concerns and could lead to a rash of litigation that would be expensive for the attorney general's office and the Public Service Commission to defend.
The House Commerce Committee voted 11-6 against the bill, refusing to forward it to the full House for debate.