HARTFORD, Conn. — A high-tech lobbying campaign backfired Tuesday as Gov. William A. O'Neill signed legislation to restrict the use of fax machines to send unsolicited messages.
Fax owners used their machines last week to flood the governor's office with letters urging him to veto the bill, but O'Neill said the protest instead convinced him to sign the measure.
The protest left O'Neill's office unable to use its machine to get information from the state Office of Emergency Management about rising river levels and possible flooding around the state.
"I had been following discussion about the legislation but frankly last week was the first time the need for this kind of legislation was brought home to me," O'Neill said in a statement.