Kortz: Do Not Call bill signed into law

Additional protections for consumers, businesses from unwanted solicitations

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – A bill that would allow Pennsylvanians and businesses to permanently register their phone numbers on the state’s Do Not Call list was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, state Rep. Bill Kortz announced today.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, who was a co-sponsor of H.B. 318, said the bill amends the state’s Telemarketer Registration Act to remove a five-year time limit for enrollment on the Do Not Call list. For the first time, business telephone subscribers can also sign up to be included on the list. In addition, the measure also bans telephone solicitation on legal holidays and creates a legal procedure for the use of robocalls.

“This new law provides substantial protections to consumers and businesses who have no desire to receive these calls,” Kortz said. “It includes a requirement that those utilizing robocalls must provide a way for a caller to opt out at the beginning of a call, and in the event they leave a voice mail message with a consumer, they must provide a toll-free number for them to opt out of future calls.”

The bill, which received unanimous support in the both chambers of the General Assembly, will take effect in 60 days.

Consumers and businesses who want to register on the Do Not Call list can visit the following link on the state Attorney General’s website:

https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/protect-yourself/do-not-call-list/

Enrollment by phone is also available by calling 1-888-777-3406.