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Lawmakers Contemplating Telemarketing Bill

Legislators are again pushing for a state law to bar telemarketers from calling residents who put their phone numbers on a state-administered do-not-call registry.

The chairmen of the Senate and House committees handling the bills are hoping to produce legislation palatable to business and the public.

Efforts failed in the past two years when industry, such as WorldCom and others, fought the bills. Business has argued that telemarketing is a legitimate sales tool.

Industry representatives also have said there are no-cost methods in place to address concerns of people who don't want to receive telemarketing calls.

Senate Public Utilities Committee Chairman Tommy Robertson of Moss Point says he expects his committee will debate a bill Thursday.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission would maintain the do-not-call data base. Mississippians could call into the P-S-C to have their name placed on the list. Telemarketers would buy the list and could face a five-thousand dollar fine for each call made to a name on the list.

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