WA – Representatives Sherry Appleton (D-23) and Mike Armstrong (R-12) introduced H.B. 1038, which would require disclosures from political advocacy telephone calls masquerading as survey and opinion research. The bill defines “Persuasive poll” or “push poll” as “in-person or automated telephone calls to voters that: (a) Canvass persons by means other than an established method of scientific sampling; (b) Ask questions or provide other information in a manner designed to appeal, directly or indirectly, for votes or for financial or other support or opposition in any election campaign for any state, local, or judicial office, or ballot proposition; and (c) Are conducted in such a manner as to masquerade as a scientific survey or poll.” Any such call would be required to have “the sponsor's name, city, and state clearly spoken or recorded” at the beginning of the call.

H.B. 1028 was the subject of a hearing on January 13 of the House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee.

MRA expressed our support for this legislation before the hearing and seeks to aid its passage into law.

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