Bill prohibiting delivery of junk mail introduced

Legislation that would allow residents to add their names to an opt-out list similar to a Do-Not-Call list to prevent the delivery of unwanted junk mail was introduced this week.

AB 2021 by Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) would require the state attorney general to maintain a “Do-Not-Contact” (DNC) list containing telephone numbers and mail addresses of those who do not want to receive solicitations.

Solicitors would be prohibited from calling or sending mail to those on the DNC list beginning on the 31st day after the list becomes available, according to the bill. Solicitors who continue to contact residents within 30 days after being ordered to stop would have to pay residents up to $1,000 in penalties.

Exemptions would apply to mail from lawmakers and political campaign as well as some commercial solicitors, including small business owners contacting local customers, charitable organizations, creditors seeking to collect debt and sellers that have established relationships with their customers.

According to the FTC, nearly 26 million state residents were part of the National Do Not Call Registry in 2017, which also showed Californians submitted 824,692 complaints related to unsolicited calls in 2017.

No such government-run registry currently exists federally or in California for mailing addresses.

Currently, Californians wishing to receive less junk mail can contact the Data and Marketing Association, a national association of direct marketers, and ask to be removed from mailing lists.