Good News on the Horizon for Do Not Call List Subscribers

(HARRISBURG) -Legislation written by Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) that would remove the five-year subscription period for consumers who want their telephone numbers permanently listed on the Do Not Call List, advanced in the state Senate today.

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted to send Senate Bill 1116 to the full Senate for a vote.

Corman noted that unwanted telemarketing calls can be a nuisance and an intrusion upon one’s privacy at home. In 2002, Pennsylvanians were first given the opportunity to avoid these calls by registering for the Do Not Call list. In fact, one million citizens registered in a single two-week period that year, and millions more have registered through the past few years.

Currently, registration on the Do Not Call list is only valid for five years.

“Because most people are unaware of the five-year period, unwanted calls can start coming again,” Corman said. “My legislation makes a registration permanent, unless a person willfully removes a number from the Do Not Call List.”

“This is an important consumer protection measure, and comes at a time when the first Do Not Call registrants may be receiving unwanted calls,” Corman said. “This legislation will ensure that consumers do not have to keep registering, and will have permanent relief from telemarketers.”

To register your home or cell phone numbers on the Do Not Call List, please visit https://www.donotcall.gov/.

CONTACT:
Don Houser
Phone: 717 787-1377
Email: dhouser@pasen.gov