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House passes "Do Not Call" legislation. (Headlines).

President Bush signed "Do Not Call" legislation into law this month. This legislation supports the establishment of a national registry of consumers who do not wish to be contacted by telemarketers. Consumers may register online or by calling a number and their names will be placed on the registry. Telemarketers will be required to access the list every three months to cleanse their call lists of registered consumers. Charitable and political calls are exempt from the new rule. The Federal Trade Commission released final regulations on the issue in December 2002.

In state news, if a recently introduced bill passes, Ohio could join 24 other states with a "Do Not Call" registry that would work similarly to the national registry, according to an article in Congress Daily. State "Do Not Call" lists cover calls made within the state, while the newly established federal registry deals with calls made between states.

For more information, contact ASAE's Public Policy Division at 202-626-2703.
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Date:Apr 1, 2003
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