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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) issued the following statement regarding passage in U.S. House of Representatives of the bill to regulate Spam (S. 877).
“This legislation is a step in the right direction for the country, but because of its provision preempting the new California State law, I was unable to vote for it Saturday morning. As a Californian, I felt an obligation to defend the legislative work of my state. And, while Congress has spent literally years grappling with the definition of spam, too little time has been spent considering enforcement of whatever framework is adopted.
“While California defines spam differently than the Federal legislation (S. 877), in my view the more serious problem lies in the preemption of its enforcement provisions.
“On the positive side, we can build upon this effort and hopefully add effective enforcement mechanisms in the future, should this Federal legislative effort prove ineffective.”