House Consumer Affairs Committee Unanimously Approves Grove ‘Do Not Text’ Bill
5/4/2011

The House Consumer Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) that would add marketing through text messages to types of telephone communication prohibited by the Telemarketer Registration Act, which established Pennsylvania’s do-not-call list. 

“As communication technology advances, marketing companies have recognized that text messaging is an effective means of contacting the public; however, these companies must respect the privacy of consumers and recognize that people do not want to be charged a fee on their cell phone bill for receiving a text ad,” said Grove.  “My legislation will add text messaging to the Telemarketer Registration Act, allowing consumers to opt out of receiving unsolicited text messages from businesses.” 

House Bill 247 would prohibit telemarketers from sending text messages to consumers enrolled in the do-not-call registry.  The legislation will now go before the full House for consideration.   

The Telemarketer Registration Act was established to protect consumers from intrusive and annoying telemarketing calls.  Registration on the do-not-call list is free and there are penalties for companies found in violation of the act. 

Consumers should remember that certain types of communication are exempt from the act.  These include: 

  • Calls requested by the consumer.
  • Calls made by businesses to existing customers or to consumers who have done business with the company in the past 12 months.
  • Calls from tax-exempt charitable or fraternal organizations.
  • Calls from veterans organizations.
  • Calls made on behalf of political groups or candidates. 

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at RepGrove.com and Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.  Information about Pennsylvania’s do-not-call list is available at AttorneyGeneral.gov

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
Twitter.com/RepGrove

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