9:53 AM EDT, November 3, 2011
Whether it's a robocall or an unsolicited call from a telemarketer, Hoosiers have been able to opt out of both thanks to the Indiana Do Not Call law. The law covers unwanted calls on both landlines and cell phones, and at least two million phones are currently protected.
"They tend to verge on harrassment," said Stacie McDonald, who is signed up for the Do Not Call list. "So I think it's a good thing."
"We actually got rid of our home phone because of that," said Rachelle Smith, who also registered her cell phone. "We just didn't want to mess with it any more."
In a news conference Wednesday, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said that protection is in jeopardy.
"This is not the kind of help people want from Wasington," Zoeller said.
House Resolution 3035 would ammend the communications act and Zoeller said it would, in turn, prohibit states like Indiana from having their own tougher Do Not Call laws.
"The measure proposed in Congress, constitutes what I consider a federal assault on Americans' privacy," Zoeller said. "It would allow robocall messages to be sent in mass by the tens of thousands to people who don't want these calls and would have to pay for them if they pay for their cell minutes."
That's why Zoeller plans to go to Washington and testify against the bill on Friday.
"I think that is a very scary situation," McDonald said. "When you're allotted a certain amount of minutes, you've got to make them count, not for robocalls."
"I'm kind of dumbfounded at that," Smith said. "That's why I signed up for the Do Not Call list. I don't want to take those calls and I don't want to deal with it. It's harrassment."
Attorney General Zoeller said he urges the public to contact their legislators to share their concern about House Resolution 3035. He said there is also a privacy alert system, set up for people who wish to have updates on the bill sent to their phone or email.
More information on how to get involved is online.