Lawmakers Propose Telemarketing Restrictions

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Two measures filed by Oklahoma House members would allow telephone consumers to block commercial telemarketers from calling their homes.

House Bill 2347 by Rep. Bill Paulk, D-OKC, would add Oklahoma to states with "no-call lists," to which consumers could have their names added.

"It's almost impossible to sit down and eat dinner without being interrupted by a phone call from a telemarketer," said Paulk.

HB 2760 by Rep. Jim Newport, R-Ponca City, would create the same list, but also prohibit telemarketers from placing sales calls before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Under current law the cutoff time is 9 p.m.

"The citizens of Oklahoma believe limitations on sales calls are long overdue," Newport said.

Each bill would establish a no-call list in the Office of the Attorney General, updated at least once each quarter. It would cost consumers nothing to be placed on the list, which would be made available to telemarketing firms for a fee.

"The beauty of this legislation is that it doesn't make telemarketing illegal or drive them out of business," said Newport. …

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