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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Pushing Back Against Unsolicited Telemarketing

2/26/2021

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 26, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Pushing Back Against Unsolicited Telemarketing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis highlighted his support of proposed legislation to curb the epidemic of unsolicited telemarketing phone calls that plague the phone lines of Floridians on a daily basis. While some telemarketing tactics are legitimate, the practice is often associated with fraudulent activity, scams, and identity theft. The proposed legislation for the 2021 Legislative Session is sponsored by Senator Joe Gruters (SB 1682) and Representative Mike Beltran (HB 1307).

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As your CFO, I’ve made it my mission to crack down on fraud throughout Florida. Unsolicited telemarketing calls have become an epidemic in our state, opening the door for consumers to fall victim to scams and identity theft. That is why I’m proud to support legislation this year to empower Floridians to fight back against unwanted calls and end the practice of incessant telemarketer solicitation without the consent of the consumer. This legislation also aims to protect consumers by solving a private market problem without further growing government. Thank you to Senator Joe Gruters and Representative Mike Beltran for filing this important legislation to protect Floridians, and I look forward to working together to see these protections through.”

Senator Joe Gruters said, “I am honored to sponsor SB 1682 to ensure Floridians are protected against unsolicited telemarketers. While Florida continues to face a fraud epidemic, this is another way we can do our part by protecting Floridians from scams. I look forward to passing this important bill into law.”

Representative Mike Beltran said, “We must do everything we can to protect Floridians from fraud and scams, and this legislation will help put an end to unsolicited telemarketing. Thank you to CFO Patronis for your support of HB 1307 and making this issue a priority.”

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).