Kortz: Reminder: Pa.’s Do Not Call List is permanent

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Bill Kortz is reminding residents and businesses that they no longer must re-register every five years to be on Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call List.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, said that the bill signed into law in October amended the state’s Telemarketer Registration Act to remove a five-year time limit for enrollment on the Do Not Call List for residents. In addition, businesses can now register to be included on the list.

The new law also bans telephone solicitations by telemarketers on legal holidays and requires robocalls to start a phone call with a clear way for recipients to opt out of future calls.

“With the holiday season now behind us, I want make sure that residents and businesses are aware of these changes,” Kortz said. “Keep in mind that if a telemarketer calls you and leaves a voicemail message, that message must include a phone number that you can call to prevent future calls to your home or business. I encourage consumers who have yet to register on the Do Not Call List to consider doing so.”

Kortz adds there are some exceptions, including:

  • Calls made by businesses to existing customers or to consumers who have conducted business with the company in the past 12 months.
  • Debt collection calls.
  • Calls from charitable, fraternal, or veterans’ organizations.
  • Calls made on behalf of political groups or candidates.

Anyone violating the new law is subject to a $1,000 penalty. That penalty increases to $3,000 if the person being called is 60 or older.

To register on the state’s Do Not Call List, please visit the following link: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/protect-yourself/do-not-call-list/. You also can register by calling 888-777-3406.