Saturday, November 01, 2014

AG Schmidt praises no-call bill

By The Herald Staff | 3/21/2014

TOPEKA — Legislation passed this week by the Kansas House is a win for consumer protection, Derek Schmidt said.

The Kansas attorney general said Friday the success of Senate Bill 308, which extends the Kansas No-Call Act, safeguards cellphone users from unwanted telemarketing calls.

TOPEKA — Legislation passed this week by the Kansas House is a win for consumer protection, Derek Schmidt said.

The Kansas attorney general said Friday the success of Senate Bill 308, which extends the Kansas No-Call Act, safeguards cellphone users 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, cellphones were far less widely used. Today, many Kansans are abandoning landlines entirely and using only wireless numbers for telephone service. By updating and strengthening the Kansas No-Call Act, the Legislature is ensuring that Kansans’ privacy is protected, and consumers can enjoy the same freedom from unwanted telemarketing calls on their cellphones that they now can expect on their landlines.”

The House of Representatives approved the bill 117-0 Friday. The Senate earlier approved it 38-0. The legislation, proposed in January by Schmidt and others, now goes to Gov. Sam Brownback for his consideration.

“I appreciate the broad support from legislators and groups representing consumers and the telecommunications industry in securing unanimous approval of this bill,” Schmidt said.

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, Schmidt’s office said. 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, or for more information, go to the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org or call (800) 432-2310.

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