Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Chapter 166 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 42B the following section:
Section 42C. Except as otherwise provided herein, a person shall not send or cause to be sent unsolicited electronic mail to solicit the purchase of real property, goods or services.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to unsolicited mail that is sent to a person who has a pre-existing business relationship with the sender.
As used in this section, "electronic mail" means an electronic message that is transmitted between two or more computers or electronic terminals. The term includes an electronic message that is transmitted through a local, regional or global network of computers, regardless of whether the message is viewed by the recipient, stored for later retrieval or printed on paper after receipt.
This act shall take effect as of October first, nineteen hundred and ninety-seven.