HB 1282: Rolling Again

The Bad Texas Spam Bill passed out of committee last night. It's now on its way to the Senate floor, where it's certain to be approved. It is, however, a little less bad than it was two weeks ago.

Most importantly, the 90-day license-to-spam loophole has been closed. That would have been a disaster, giving spammers free reign to our mailboxes. We got the time period for processing opt-out requests reduced to three days. That means there could be some miserable weekends ahead for many of us, but total meltdown may have been averted.

Unfortunately, the problems with laughable penalties and barriers to private action remain. Spammers will be emboldened, knowing that a person bringing action will pay more to file in small claims court than they'll collect in damages.