The Florida legislature recently passed CS/SB 1120 updating and significantly expanding the state’s existing telemarketing laws, the Florida Telemarketing Act and the Florida Do Not Call Act. Many of the new provisions are similar to the TCPA, including, most importantly, adding a private cause of action for any violations of the Florida Do Not Call Act and requiring prior express written consent for automated or prerecorded calls or texts. If the bill becomes law, it will go into effect on July 1, 2021.
Under the existing Florida Do Not Call Act, callers are prohibited from making telephonic sales calls using “an automated system for the selection or dialing of telephone numbers” unless (i) the call is in response to a consumer-initiated call, (ii) the numbers are unlisted or have been scrubbed against the state Do Not Call list, or (iii) the calls relate to goods or services previously ordered or purchased. This Act does not include exemptions from the definition of “telephonic sales calls.” The Florida Telemarketing Act determines licensure, call timing, identification, and recordkeeping requirements, among others, and includes a number of exemptions.
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