South Carolina among states looking to ban ‘spam’

| Thursday, March 20, 2003

South Carolina is among a growing list of states to take up the fight against unwanted junk e-mail, or “spam.”

If approved by the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, H3140 could come up for a vote in the House as early as next month, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

“The Internet is a wonderful, important tool for us in our daily lives,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia, told the newspaper. “But with the constant influx of unsolicited e-mail, or spam, it robs the benefit of that tool when you spend an inordinate amount of time deleting that e-mail.”

Twenty-six other states have passed similar legislation, while others continue to seek their own ban.

Smith’s bill would create a database of residents who do not want to receive unsolicited e-mails. Companies who violate that provision could face fines between $10,000 and $25,000.

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