Mark B. Messmer, member of the Indiana State Senate: Pyramid schemes prey on consumers and salespeople alike. As a member of the Indiana Senate, I have an obligation to protect my constituents from scams. And as the spouse and father of direct sellers, I understand the harm pyramid schemes can inflict on legitimate businesses. I introduced Senate Bill 283 to provide a definition of pyramid schemes, based on the 2004 Council of State Governments (CSG) Suggested State Legislation. Indiana is one of twenty-one states with an anti-pyramid statute based on the CSG’s suggested model legislation and extensive case law. There is no such clear statute in the United States Code. However, H.R. 3409, the Anti-Pyramid Scheme Promotional Act of 2017, introduced by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) would remedy that. For far too long, direct sellers and their customers have been left exposed to swindlers. Most states have acted to protect consumers and direct sellers. It’s time for our national legislature to follow our example and pass the Blackburn-Veasey bill. Read more in DSA’s Medium.