New bill: HB 877, from Chris Turner (Democrat out of Tarrant County, Represents Grand Prairie & portions of Arlington).
Caption: Relating to prohibiting certain telemarketing calls by a credit access business.
A credit access business or a representative of a credit access business may not make a telemarketing call, as defined by Section 304.002, Business & Commerce Code, to a consumer whose name and telephone number are on the Texas no-call list maintained under Subchapter B, Chapter 304, Business & Commerce Code.
The full text of the proposed bill mentions that you would be able to contact consumers with whom you have had done business with in the past, so long as it has not been more than 1 year since the last transaction.
Comments: Our clients and Members to not typically “telemarket” or use outside telemarketing firms. We are not aware of many CABs who do this but would be interested to see how “telemarketing” is defined. Stands to reason that if someone has asked not to be telemarketed to that they are not telemarketed to. Not sure why it is worth the effort to put this bill out.
This blog post was written by Michael Brown, President of CAB Consulting and the Texas Organization of Financial Service Centers. He can be reached at 214-293-8676, or Michael@CreditAccessBusiness.com.