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Kansas AG proposing measure to clarify cellphones’ inclusion on federal Do-Not-Call registry

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 8:40 p.m.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday he plans to propose a bill that would allow his office to enforce violations against telemarketers who contact Kansas cellphone users registered on the federal Do-Not-Call list.

The proposed legislation would clarify that the Kansas No-Call Act applies to mobile phone numbers, as well as landlines, added to the federal Do-Not-Call registry, Schmidt said in a news release. It would also bring other portions of the state’s statute in line with federal no-call regulations, he said.

Under current Kansas law, its unclear whether the attorney general can pursue no-call violations against solicitors who call registered mobile numbers, Schmidt said.

Any number, including cellphone numbers, can be added to the federal no-call database at www.donotcall.gov.

“Kansans who register their personal phone numbers on the Do-Not-Call list have an expectation of privacy, whether that number is tied to a landline or wireless phone,” Schmidt said in the news release.

“The Kansas No-Call Act needs to be updated to reflect the reality that many Kansans use wireless phones as their primary – and often only – phone number.”

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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