COLUMBUS—State Senator Dave Burke
(R-Marysville) along with State Representatives Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) recently introduced companion legislation to create the offenses of theft for conversion of a telephone number or exchange and providing misleading caller identification information.
"This is an issue that I have encountered both personally and professionally while operating my pharmacy in Marysville. These calls are relentless and have severely degraded my ability serve both my patients and constituents," said Burke. "They go beyond what I believe is protected in the First Amendment, and clearly cross the line into harassment. I look forward working with my colleagues to ensure this bill moves swiftly through the legislature to end these deceptive and misleading practices."
The bill would prohibit bad actors from using or repeating a telephone number, exchange, or misleading caller identification information that is not assigned to the person, with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.
Senate Bill 290 will now be referred to committee for further consideration. To view the full announcement, visit The Ohio Channel's website archives by clicking here