UPDATE: Bill Would Let People Stay on Wis. No-Call List

UPDATED Wednesday, April 17, 2013 --- 10:14 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a proposal to allow residents to stay on the state's do-not-call list permanently, without having to re-register.

Currently, residents must register every two years to stay on the list.

The proposal from Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Andre Jacque also would ban political robocalls made to people on the list.

Do-not-call regulations already bar most machine-dialed calls, but calls from nonprofit groups, including political parties, are exempt.

Harsdorf and Jacque told the Wisconsin State Journal that they have received numerous complaints about political robocalls.

Sandy Chalmers of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says there will still be problems with robocalls that come from overseas. She says many scam artists offering low credit card rates or free trips don't honor no-call lists.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 -- 5 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Registration on Wisconsin's no-call list designed to block telemarketers would not need to be renewed every two years as proposed under a bill Republican lawmakers are preparing to introduce.

The bill being circulated for co-sponsorship would make registration of a phone number on the state's no-call list permanent, instead of requiring it to be renewed every two years. Registration on the federal list is permanent and more than a dozen states have permanent enrollment.

The proposal from Republican Rep. Andre Jacques would also add robocalls to those not allowed for people on the registry. However, political calls would still be allowed. Calls from nonprofits and those made with a person's permission or at their request are also allowed.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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