P.L. 1997, CHAPTER 345, approved January 12, 1998

Assembly, No. 1825 (First Reprint)





An Act concerning recorded telephone messages and amending P.L.1993, c.252.


    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


    1. Section 2 of P.L.1993, c.252 (C.48:17-28) is amended to read as follows:

    2. A caller 1within the State1 shall not use a telephone or telephone line to contact a subscriber 1within the State1 to deliver a recorded message [for the purpose of delivering commercial advertisement to the subscriber] other than for emergency purposes, unless the recorded message is introduced by an operator who shall obtain the subscriber's consent before playing the recorded message, or unless a prior or current 1[business]1 relationship exists between the caller and the subscriber.

    As used in this section, "emergency purposes" means calls made necessary in any situation affecting the 1immediate1 health and safety of consumers 1; and "recorded message" shall not include automated recorded telephone operator introductions for the purposes of accepting a call or message1.

(cf: P.L.1993, c.252, s.2)


    2. This act shall take effect immediately.





Prohibits certain recorded telephone messages.