Gov. Wolf signs new restrictions on robocalls in Pennsylvania

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    Getting tired of “Scam Likely” interrupting your tranquility? The state just handed you a break.

    On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a new law that scraps language requiring people who want to stay on the state’s do-not-call list to re-up their registration every five years. Now you’re one and done.

    The bill the Democratic governor signed into law updates the state’s Telemarketer Registration Act to allow business customers to sign up for the registry, the Associated Press reports.

    In a statement, the administration said the new law also requires robocalls to “include a method for the recipient to opt out … that is clearly stated at the beginning of the call.” The bill would also prohibit telemarketing on legal holidays and calls initiated by computerized autodialers (robocalls).

    As an added bonus, if you get a robo-voicemail, the caller “must provide a toll-free telephone number that the recipient can call to opt-out of further calls,” the statement reads.

    The new law takes effect in two months. The underlying legislation, sponsored by Rep. Lori A. Mizgorski, R-Allegheny, was unanimously approved by both the state House and Senate.

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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