Idaho Freshman Lawmakers Take Aim at Automated Calls
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Seven freshman lawmakers are asking the Idaho Attorney General to investigate possible violations of state law by opponents of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s health insurance exchange legislation. The lawmakers’ appeal focuses on whether computer generated telephone calls opposing the bill violate the Idaho Telephone Solicitation Act.
The Idaho Statesman reports that Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office is reviewing the request. Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Wendy Horman says she received about 120 computer generated calls on her unlisted cellphone that failed to include legally mandated disclosures identifying the call and contact information.
Horman says the calls were made Saturday and Tuesday before the House debated and voted on the exchange legislation. The newspaper also reported that the calls were made on behalf of Gem State Tea Party.