New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the “Seinfeld Bill” (S921/A1545), requiring telemarketers to provide essential information within 30 seconds of a call.
The bill drew inspiration from a scene in the iconic TV sitcom “Seinfeld”, where Jerry is frustrated that telemarketers can phone him whenever they want, without any specific rules or repercussions.
The official New Jersey Twitter account tweeted out a video about the law using the clip from the show.
Oh, gee, I can’t talk right now 🤔 ⚠️
Today, @GovMurphy signed @JonBramnick’s “Seinfeld Bill” into law, requiring telemarketers to share their name, phone number, and address within the first 30 seconds of a telemarketing call. pic.twitter.com/wW4kh9gFD7
— New Jersey (@NJGov) May 15, 2023
What it Means for New Jersey Residents
The legislation aims to protect consumers, especially seniors, that are frequent targets and most likely to fall victim to scams.
Violating the bill would be a disorderly persons offense, in addition to any other penalties already written into law.
What it Means for Telemarketers
The new bill mandates specific requirements for telemarketers that include:
- Disclosing the name, mailing address, and telephone number of the person on whose behalf the call is made.
- Accurately identifying themselves, the person on whose behalf the call is made, and the purpose of the call.
- Displaying their mailing address and the company they represent on any website owned or operated by them, as well as the address of any business they represent on calls.
- Unsolicited calls are prohibited between 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., at the local time of the customer.
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