State lawmakers are attempting to modernize the "Do Not Call Registry'' and include unsolicited text messages as well as phone calls. A bill co-sponsored by Southbury Representative Arthur O'Neill that would add text messages to the list of prohibited activities unanimously passed the Senate. The bill also increases penalties for violations from $11,000 to $20,000 per violation.
It now moves to the House.
Danbury Representatives Jan Giegler and Bob Godfrey along with Cecilia Buck-Taylor of New Milford co-sponsored a bill to increase the fine for commercially recorded messages that continue after the customer hangs up. That measure passed the House unanimously and moved to the Senate.