DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Communication with voters over the telephone. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor for a person who sponsors, authorizes, finances, or makes a telephone call to a prospective voter concerning the election or defeat of a candidate or public question to use a message delivered by a computerized or prerecorded system rather than an individual speaking live. Provides that a candidate, candidate's committee, regular party committee, political action committee, or legislative caucus committee that sponsors or finances telephone calls in violation of this provision is subject to a civil penalty of up to three times the amount expended in sponsoring or authorizing the telephone calls, plus documented investigative costs. Provides that a person who authorizes or makes telephone calls in violation of this provision must pay a civil penalty of $50 for each call, plus documented investigative costs.