‘Do Not Call’ cell phones passes KS legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. – A bill barring telemarketers from calling your cell phone is just the governor’s signature away from becoming Kansas law.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt praised the passage by the House of Representatives of Senate Bill 308. It extends the Kansas No-Call Act to protect consumers’ cell phones from unwanted telemarketing calls:

“The Legislature deserves credit for its pro-consumer action in passing this legislation,” Schmidt said. “When the Kansas No-Call Act first became law more than a decade ago, cell phones were far less widely used. Today, many Kansans are abandoning landlines entirely and using only wireless numbers for telephone service.”

Today the state House of Representatives approved the bill 117 to 0. The Senate earlier approved it 38 to 0. The legislation, proposed in January now goes to the Governor.

Complaints about telemarketers violating the Kansas No-Call Act are the single largest group of complaints received by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division. During 2013, the attorney general filed 17 lawsuits to enforce the No-Call Act, and obtained $3.4 million in judgments as well as injunctions against violators.

To register a consumer cellphone or landline number on the do-not-call list, visit the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.

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