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Subdivision 1.Scope.

For the purposes of sections 325E.311 to 325E.316, the terms in subdivisions 2 to 6 have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2.Caller.

"Caller" means a person, corporation, firm, partnership, association, or legal or commercial entity that attempts to contact, or that contacts, a residential subscriber in this state by using a telephone or a telephone line.

Subd. 3.Caller identification service.

"Caller identification service" means a telephone service that permits telephone subscribers to see the telephone number of incoming telephone calls.

Subd. 4.Commissioner.

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of commerce.

Subd. 5.Residential subscriber.

"Residential subscriber" means a person who has subscribed to residential telephone services from a telephone company or the other persons living or residing with the subscribing person.

Subd. 6.Telephone solicitation.

"Telephone solicitation" means any voice communication over a telephone line for the purpose of encouraging the purchase or rental of, or investment in, property, goods, or services, whether the communication is made by a live operator, through the use of an automatic dialing-announcing device as defined in section 325E.26, subdivision 2, or by other means. Telephone solicitation does not include communications:

(1) to any residential subscriber with that subscriber's prior express invitation or permission; or

(2) by or on behalf of any person or entity with whom a residential subscriber has a prior or current business or personal relationship.

Telephone solicitation also does not include communications if the caller is identified by a caller identification service and the call is:

(i) by or on behalf of an organization that is identified as a nonprofit organization under state or federal law, unless the organization is a debt management services provider defined in section 332A.02 or a debt settlement services provider defined in section 332B.02;

(ii) by a person soliciting without the intent to complete, and who does not in fact complete, the sales presentation during the call, but who will complete the sales presentation at a later face-to-face meeting between the solicitor who makes the call and the prospective purchaser; or

(iii) by a political party as defined under section 200.02, subdivision 6.

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