INDIANAPOLIS- A proposal co-authored by State Senator John Broden (D-South Bend) to expand the scope of the Consumer Protection Act to include veterans and disabled Hoosiers cleared the Indiana Senate. Senate Bill (SB) 307 would create the term “protected consumer” and provide additional protections from telephone solicitors, home improvement scams and fraud.

“We have to protect our veterans,” said Sen. Broden. “It’s troubling that more and more often they are becoming targets of scams that put their identities and information at risk of being misused or stolen. It has become a real problem that merits immediate action.”

SB 307 also strengthens Indiana’s “Do Not Call” law and prohibits people from providing substantial assistance to a telephone solicitor knowingly subverting the “Do Not Call” law.

The bill passed committee on January 15, cleared the Senate floor unanimously on Monday and moves now to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Sen. Broden represents Senate District 10, which includes the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, and portions of Portage, Penn, Centre and Clay townships in St. Joseph County. For more information on Sen. Broden, visit www.IN.gov/s10.

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