As you all know, I've been doing some work to try and find a way to shut down spam here in Utah. After some feedback on the original proposal and some requests from Sen. Niederhauser, I've come up with the first update of the proposed law. (Sorry about the lack of copy/paste, but the formatting seems to get lost during that process.) As usual, any constructive feedback is appreciated.
As part of this process, I did some research on why spam is such a problem. For starters, did you know that now over 95% of all email is spam? Or that 20% of all IT spending is dedicated to security including fighting viruses and phishing attacks conducted via email? Or how about the Denver law firm that missed a court date due to an over-aggressive spam filter? They later paid a court-imposed fine for it. You can get even more facts on spam from it's Wikipedia article including the national cost of spam. (It's around $13B annually if you were wondering. That works out to about $105M for Utah.) It doesn't take a lot of research to see how widespread and costly the problem can be.
If you think this is something worth pursuing, please send a copy of this proposed law to your legislators and ask them to work with Sen. Niederhauser to clean it up and bring it to the floor for a vote.