June 23, 2004
On June 15, John Graham, president and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives, testified before Congress in support of legislation to kill what ASAE sees as unfair Federal Communications Commission rules regarding fax communications. The ASAE-advocated bill, the "Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2004," would exempt associations and businesses from collecting prior written consent before faxing members and potential customers. Without passage of the new law, introduced by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the FCC's more restrictive rules regarding faxing will take effect Jan. 1, 2005. "Associations and businesses are already planning for the onerous, burdensome and expensive task that will be necessary if the new rules take effect as scheduled," Graham said. "The earlier corrective legislation is passed, the less time and money will be expended in planning for a worst-case scenario."