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Stricter no-call list proposal moving forward in Legislature


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.