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Rutledge Joins Hutchinson in Bill Signing Ceremony for Laws on Robocalls and Farm Equipment


April 3, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today joined Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson for his bill-signing ceremony for two important pieces of legislation. The robocall legislation creates a process for state oversight of telecommunication providers and increases the penalty for robocallers and spoofing. Meanwhile, the Farm Machinery Quality Assurance Act, a bill which Rutledge helped to guide and support, establishes a “lemon law” type protection for consumers purchasing new self-propelled farm machinery and equipment.

“Arkansans are eager to stop the incessant robocalls and scams,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The unopposed, bi-partisan support of this new law creates a path for enforcement to hold the bad actors accountable.

“The new legislation protecting farmers is important to ensure they are no longer vulnerable to potentially devastating financial losses due to faulty equipment. Arkansas’s economy relies heavily on our farmers and this bill will help them grow and expand their livelihood.”

Both pieces of legislation were passed by the General Assembly last week.

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