Alaska Senate Majority Leader Kevin Meyer (R-O) introduced S.B. 40, and Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-9) introduced H.B. 226, legislation which would forbid using “an automated telephone system, device, or facsimile machine for the selection and dialing of telephone numbers and playing of recorded messages if a message is completed to the dialed number for the purpose of: (A) offering goods or services for sale; (B) conveying information on goods or services in soliciting sales or purchases; (C) soliciting information; (D) gathering data or statistics; or (E) promoting a political campaign or any use related to a political campaign.”

Since this would prohibit automated research calls, MRA is seeking to amend or defeat S.B. 40 and H.B. 226, in cooperation with the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). MRA and AAPC weighed in with Senator Meyer and the other members of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee before a March 15 hearing on S.B. 40.