Vermont lawmaker targets ‘spam’ e-mail

| 2/24/2003

Vermont truckers bombarded by junk e-mails may have reason to rejoice.

State Sen. John Bloomer, R-Rutland, has sponsored legislation that would require advertisers who send unsolicited e-mails, or “spam,” to stop.

“I want to set it up similar to telemarketing, where people call up and say they want to get off the list,” Bloomer told The Rutland Herald. “It seems like it’s getting a lot worse, and there needs to be controls that consumers can exercise.”

Bloomer’s bill, S31, would punish convicted violators with up to a year’s imprisonment or a $500 fine for each unsolicited junk e-mail. A second offense could result in two years imprisonment or a $1,000 fine