In addition to following interim study committee hearings, the League also has been working in a coalition to resolve a potential problem stemming from the Do Not Call list legislation passed earlier this year.
While the legislation included a new exemption from the Do Not Call statute for financial institutions following the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it also contained language that inadvertently created a new, cumbersome registration process for anyone in Indiana making telephone solicitations of any kind. This registration process has existed since the late 1980s for a narrow group of questionable telemarketing companies but has never applied to most Indiana businesses. Unfortunately, language added into the Do Not Call bill part of the way through the process this year accidentally took away the limited definition of who was required to register instead making it apply to everyone. This change was not the intention of the General Assembly or of the Attorney General’s office (which enforces the statute) and plans are already underway to make appropriate changes to the statute when the legislature reconvenes in January. In the meantime, we are expecting the Attorney General to provide a written opinion soon clarifying that, despite the statutory change, the registration requirement will not broadly apply.
We will provide more details on this issue as soon as the written opinion is available
As we prepare for the 2020 session of the Indiana General Assembly, the League will be considering different legislative proposals to continue to provide a strong operating environment for credit unions. This could include changes to the Indiana Credit Union Act or to other statutes impacting credit unions. Please contact the League if you have any suggestions for changes that you would like the League to consider pursuing.