Cell phones added to no-call list

Cell phones have been added to the no-call list under a bill passed by the Kansas House March 21.

Under the bill, the Kansas no-call law is extended to protect consumer cell phones from unwanted telemarketing calls.

“The Legislature deserves credit for its pro-consumer action in passing this legislation,” Kansas Attorney General Derek 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 to 0. The Senate earlier approved it 38 to 0. The legislation, proposed in January by Attorney General Schmidt and others, now goes to the governor 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. 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.