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Changes to Wisconsin's No Call List pass Senate

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MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Wisconsin’s No Call List is a step closer to changing.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst authored the bill, and says it would be better for Wisconsin residents and agencies to shift the state list to the federal Do Not Call List. “We’re one of only fourteen states that keeps a state list. The rest of them have moved it to the federal level, and that’s what we’re going to do with this bill is have the federal government keep the no call list.”

Tiffany says the change to the federal Do Not Call List will eliminate duplication of services, and people will only have to sign up once instead of every couple of years like they do now. When you sign up now for the Wisconsin Do Not Call List, you will be automatically transferred to the federal list if this bill becomes law.

The Senator says the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection deals with a large number of complaints about telemarketing. “Telemarketers and getting phone calls that are unsolicited, it is the number one complaint that consumers have here in the State of Wisconsin.”

Changing over to the federal list also allows Wisconsin’s consumer protection agents to reallocate nearly $200,000 now used to maintain the state list. “They’re going to be able to use those resources to be able to prevent more of these unsolicited telemarketers from doing what they do to consumers here in the State of Wisconsin.”

Senate Bill 155 proposing this change passed unanimously Tuesday, and has been sent to the State Assembly, where Tiffany expects similar support.

Wisconsin residents are encouraged to sign up for the state Do Not Call List.

The interview with Senator Tom Tiffany about the No Call List changes can be found at at our website in the podcast section under "Newsmakers Interviews" here.

Here's the website and phone number for Wisconsin's No Call List:

https://nocall.wisconsin.gov/web/home.asp

866-966-2255 (866-9NO CALL)

 

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