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.
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