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Pa. House votes to expand Do Not Call list

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Pennsylvanians who chose to ban telemarketing calls would no longer have to register every five years under legislation passed by the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 129 would make registration on the state's Do Not Call list permanent.

Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) said under his proposal, the only way a phone number would be removed from the registry would be if the person who uses the number requests to be removed or if the phone number is assigned to a different person.

“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.”

Under current state law, residents who wish to remain on the Do Not Call list must re-register every five years or their phone numbers are removed from the database.

Cox said his bill also would prohibit telemarketing companies from calling residents on legal holidays.

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

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