The majority of states attorneys general expressed their opposition to federal anti-spam legislation during the course of the FTC's three-day Spam Forum currently underway in Washington, D.C. "The states are concerned because both proposals (on the federal level - the CAN SPAM Act and the REDUCE Spam Act) would supersede any state laws, even if those state laws are stronger, said Washington Attorney General Christine Gregoire. Some state laws, for example, allow people to sue spammers. That right would vanish, the attorneys general said if some of the legislation Congress is now considering became law."
See also these related articles: Experts: Spam Volume Threatening E-Mail's Future, and Spam Solutions Hard to Find, and Business Users Offer Clear Definition of Spam and Overwhelmingly Support New Anti-Spam Bill in Congress. In addition, please see the text of Senator Charles E. Schumer's (NY) speech to the Spam Forum here.