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'No-call list' explored

By Dave Thompson

Bismarck, ND – The Legislature is being asked to create a "no call" list for telemarketers.

Under the bill, if a person did not want to be solicited by phone, that person's name would be put on a list -- and telemarketers would have to abide by that list. There would be exceptions for in-state charities that have their own employees or volunteers making the calls.

"When homeowners want to stop solicitors from stopping by, they can post a 'no solicitors' sign," Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "When hotel guests want to prevent unwanted intrusions, they can pt out a 'do not disturb' sign. This bill will give telephone subscribers the option of posting a 'do not disturb' sign ontheir telephone."

Stenehjem says if a telemarketer does NOT follow the law, his office would be able to take civil action.

The full Senate must still vote on the bill.