"Currently 29 states have laws pertaining to unsolicited commercial e-mail. Nine of the states have the same labeling requirement as proposed in CS HB 82(L&C)."
- Rep. Meyer
"An Act making certain activity related to commercial electronic mail unlawful and an unfair method of competition or an unfair or deceptive act or practice under the Act enumerating unfair trade practices and consumer protection."
Under CS HB 82(L&C), individuals are prohibited from sending unsolicited commercial electronic mail that contains explicit sexual material, without the subject line of the communication containing "ADV: ADLT" as the first eight characters.
It is not uncommon to receive unsolicited e-mail messages that contain strong sexual content and hyperlinks to pornographic Web sites. With a commonly used e-mail software (e-mail client software that can display HTML documents), it takes just a single mouse click to be viewing a pornographic Web site. The frustration and annoyance of unsolicited commercial e-mail becomes apparent when the advertisements reach those who have no interest in such material, and when such material reaches children. Age is not a discriminatory factor in who receives electronic advertisements for sexually explicit material.
Publishers, distributors, and adult entertainment business owners are legally forbidden from selling, renting, or displaying explicit sexual material to children in a bookstore or video store. However, the same material is made available on-line through Web sites and unsolicited advertisements sent through e-mail. By requiring those who wish to send unsolicited e-mail with age appropriate material to include in the subject line of the advertisements "ADV:ADLT", Internet users and parents are provided sufficient information as to the content of an e-mail.
CS HB 82(L&C) is a consumer protection measure. Currently 26 states have laws pertaining to unsolicited commercial e-mail. Nine of the states have the same labeling requirement as proposed in CS HB 82(L&C). CS HB 82(L&C) is not a direct ban on unsolicited commercial electronic mail. This bill will enable Internet users and parents to know exactly what is being sent electronically to them and to their children.