Monday, May 19, 2003

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The Federal Trade Commission has estimated that as many as 60 million consumers might sign up for its do-not-call registry when it begins accepting phone numbers in July.

The agency will accept registrations at a Web site and though a toll-free phone number.

For more information on the FTC's program, go to http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/donotcall/index.html .

Ohio

Senate Bill 28, which was approved 32-1 earlier this month would establish the state's first do-not call list and includes fines up of up $2,000 for each violation. Legislators have called for language limiting consumers' right to file lawsuits.

The bill, which would take effect in January if enacted into law, has been referred to the Ohio House Civil and Commercial Law Committee.

Kentucky

More than 777,000 Kentuckians have added their phone numbers to the state's tougher do-not-call list since July. The state has collected $511,000 through 93 enforcement actions for violations.

To sign up for Kentucky's do-not-call list or file a complaint, go to http://www.kycall0.net.

Indiana

Enforcement of the Hoosier state's no-call law began in June. Since then, the state has collected more than $300,000 in penalties from more than 100 telemarketers.

To sign up or file a complaint, go to http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/telephoneprivacy/index.htm

Direct Marketing Association

The largest direct marketing trade group has maintained a do-not-call list since 1985.

More than 8 million consumers have added their phone numbers to the list.

To sign up for the DMA's no-call list, go to http://www.dmaconsumers.org/cgi/offtelephonedave

E-mail mboyer@enquirer.com




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