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House Passes Bill to Make 'Do Not Call' List Permanent

As the law currently stands, people must re-register every five years to keep their phone numbers on the list.

A bill passed Tuesday by the state House of Representatives would make the "Do Not Call" registry a permanent one.

As the law currently stands, people must re-register every five years to keep their phone numbers on the list.

“This is about empowering Pennsylvanians to clearly indicate to telemarketers that they wish to be left alone,” said Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks), who introduced the bill.

Under House Bill 129, once a telephone number is added to the "Do Not Call" list, it would stay there permanently, unless the number's owner requested it be taken off.

“Once you opt-in to the list, you should stay on the do-not-call list until you change your mind,” Cox said.  “Right now, people have to renew their participation on a regular basis.  My bill would make their participation continual until they decide otherwise.”

The bill also would prevent telemarketers from placing their calls on legal holidays, even if people have opted to allow such calls to their numbers.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Would you support making permanent the "Do Not Call" registry?

Gail Meilinger June 25, 2014 at 09:00 PM
don't pick up for those calls, & they can't leave messages. Wish they wouldn't call at all.
Mr. Ed June 26, 2014 at 07:25 AM
All "Not_Available", "Unknown", and "Unavailable" CID calls along with other numbers that I don't want to answer are answered by my computer. These and other callers are answered by my computer which gives them a piece of my mind, and then hangs up. All that's needed is a Fax/Data/Voice/CallerID modem and the program. Check it out at: http://www.phonetray.com
Suzanne June 26, 2014 at 09:03 AM
I admire your aptitude with technology.
nommerr104 June 26, 2014 at 02:36 PM
a permanent registration on a system that has not worked since day one -- great! mtd
Amy Kercher June 26, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Please add to the do not call list an opt out for political calls!!! I would come home to find my answering machine filled with robo calls from political candidates .

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