Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 61
Telephone Sales Solicitation Act

R.I. Gen. Laws 5-61-3.4

 5-61-3.4.  Use of prerecorded or synthesized voice messages.

(a) A telephonic seller shall not use or connect to a telephone line an automatic-dialing-announcing device unless: (1) The subscriber has knowingly or voluntarily requested, consented to, permitted, or authorized receipt of the message; or (2) The message is immediately preceded by a live operator who obtains the subscriber's consent before the message is delivered.

(b) This section does not apply to:

(1) Recorded messages from school districts to students, parents, or employees; or

(2) Messages advising employees of work schedules.

(c) Whenever the message is preceded by a live operator, the operator must, at the outset of the message, disclose:

(1) The name of the business, firm, organization, association, partnership, or entity for which the message is being made;

(2) The purpose of the message;

(3) The identity or kinds of goods or services the message is promoting; and

(4) If applicable, the fact that the message intends to solicit payment or commitment of funds.

(d) A telephonic seller shall not use an automatic-dialing-announcing device to make calls into or within this state, unless the device is designed and operated so as to create a disconnect signal or an on-hook condition that allows the subscriber's line to be released within five (5) seconds after termination of the telephone call by the subscriber.

History of Section.
P.L. 1999, ch. 456, 2.