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Bill would allow people to remain on no-call list more than two years

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State lawmakers are considering a modified bill to let folks stay on the popular do not call list for telemarketers, without having to re-register every two years.

A committee is reviewing a new measure from Assembly Republican Keith Ripp of Lodi.

It would merge the state’s no-call list with a national list from the Federal Trade Commission.

The bill had a Senate hearing earlier this year, where consumer officials pointed out administrative problems. The new bill seeks to eliminate those problems.

Phone numbers would stay on the list as long as they’re tied to their current customers – and new people would only have to register once.

Meanwhile, the state could still enforce its own consumer protection laws.

Ripp says his bill would save about $190,000 now spent to administer the state’s no-call list. He says the money can be used on stricter enforcement for violators.

The previous bill would have also banned automated political campaign ads.