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Paducah lawmaker files bill that would stop the sale of your cell phone number

State Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah addresses his fellow House members during a recent legislative session. (Source: LRC Public Information) State Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah addresses his fellow House members during a recent legislative session. (Source: LRC Public Information)
KENTUCKY (KFVS) -

The 2017 legislative session hasn't even started yet, and Paducah lawmaker Gerald Watkins has already pre-filed three bills.

One of the bills Watkins has proposed would require that anyone who has been convicted of attempted murder against a peace officer or firefighter would have to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before becoming eligible for probation or patrol.

That legislation cleared the House unanimously during the 2016 regular session.

Watkins has also proposed a measure that would require a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for anyone who has been convicted of three or more Class A or B felonies.

“Those sentenced under this legislation would have used up every chance society has given them to turn their lives around,” said Watkins.  “As such, we need to make sure these repeat violent offenders are not able to harm anyone else for the rest of their lives.”

His final proposal is an initiative that would stop the selling and/or marketing of wireless phone numbers without written consent.

“This would potentially benefit every Kentuckian with a cell phone, but we’re especially going after the unscrupulous telemarketers who target the elderly and other vulnerable citizens,” he said.  “This is not a political issue, but it means a lot to me that a similar bill I had earlier this year drew unanimous support from both sides of the aisle in the House.  I’m hoping we can get this through the House and Senate in 2017.”

Under the measure, the bill would establish penalties for those that sell mobile numbers without written permission from the subscriber.

Fines would range between $1,000 and $10,000 for each violation.

The 2017 regular legislative session begins on Jan. 3.

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