MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A bill that would let Wisconsinites stay on the telemarketing do not call list without having to re-register every two years is moving forward in the state Legislature.
The measure got some fanfare when it was introduced – and Tuesday, it was the subject of a public hearing by a Senate committee.
The panel was told the measure would also ban automated political campaign ads to folks on the no-call list.
Some registered voters literally get dozens of those robocalls in the weeks before major elections. And the bill’s main sponsors – Senate Republican Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls and Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere – say there’s no need for it.
The bill would still allow live political calls, plus the current exemptions for non-profit groups and those you’ve done business with before.
Consumer protection administrators say the bill has a cost – around $48,000 a year to maintain the no-call list and investigate complaints.
Sandy Chalmers of the state’s consumer agency says the bill does nothing to stop the millions of robocalls people get for business solicitations – most from overseas and people who don’t ever follow no-call lists.
Chalmers says it might be wiser to have her agency create a partnership with the federal no-call list.