Chapter 694 H. P. 1855 L. D. 2591 An Act Relating to Telemarketing Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows: Sec. 10 Mrsa §1498, sub-§7




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CHAPTER 694

H.P. 1855 - L.D. 2591

An Act Relating to Telemarketing

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 10 MRSA §1498, sub-§7, as amended by PL 1991, c. 524, §3, is repealed.

Sec. 2. 10 MRSA §1498, sub-§7 A is en­acted to read:

7 A. Failure to produce transcript. A person using an automated telephone calling device for making solicitation calls shall maintain a full transcript of each solicitation call message that the person has transmitted to consumers during the previous 24 months. A copy of the transcript must be made available to the Attorney General upon request. Failure to provide a copy of a requested transcript is a violation of this section.

Sec. 3. 10 MRSA §1498, sub-§8, as enacted by PL 1989, c. 775, is amended to read:

8. Penalty. Violation of this section, including the provision of false registration information, is an unfair trade practice as prohibited by Title 5, section 207.

Sec. 4. 32 MRSA §4690 A is enacted to read:

§4690 A. Telemarketers

1. Incorporation of federal standards. Viola­tion of any provision of the Federal Trade Commis­sion's Telemarketing Sales Rule, 16 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 310, as in effect on January 1, 2000, by a transient seller of consumer merchandise is a violation of this chapter.

2. Additional prohibitions. A transient seller of consumer merchandise who is a telemarketer, as defined in the Federal Trade Commission's Telemar­keting Sales Rule, 16 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 310.2, as in effect on January 1, 2000, and who initiates telephone contact with a consumer may not procure the services of any professional delivery courier or other pick-up service to obtain immediate receipt or possession of a consumer's payment, unless the goods are delivered with the opportunity to inspect before any payment is collected.

3. Do-not-call list. A transient seller of con­sumer merchandise who is a telemarketer, as defined in the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule, 16 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 310.2, as in effect on January 1, 2000:

A. Shall semiannually obtain subscription list­ings of consumers in this State who have ar­ranged to be included on the national do-not-call list maintained by the Telephone Preference Ser­vice of the Direct Marketing Association, Inc., Farmingdale, New York or its successor organi­zation; and

B. May not call any consumer in this State whose name is on the national do-not-call list unless the seller has an established business relationship with the consumer at the time the call is made.

A person is not in violation of paragraph B if the person obtained the listing of a consumer in accord­ance with paragraph A but called that consumer as the result of a good faith error.

4. Other applicable law. A transient seller of consumer merchandise who is a telemarketer, as defined in the Federal Trade Commission's Telemar­keting Sales Rule, 16 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 310.2, as in effect on January 1, 2000, is subject to and shall comply with the provisions of chapter 69, subchapter V.

See title page for effective date.


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