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Alaska Senate OKs in-state 'no-call' list

Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2004

JUNEAU (AP) The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill that extends the national ''no-call'' list to telemarketers making calls only in Alaska.

The bill will head to the governor after the House and Senate reconcile different versions.

A federal law passed in 2003 prevents telemarketers from calling people who have put their name on a nationwide no-call list, but that list only applies to interstate calls. The bill by Rep. Hugh Fate, R-Fairbanks, applies to telemarketers operating in Alaska that make in-state calls.

''This bill will help a lot of Alaskans with a quieter dinner hour,'' said Sen. Ralph Seekins, R-Fairbanks, on the Senate floor. ''This is a very strong, good bill.''

Fate's bill was introduced in early 2003 as a proposal to create an Alaska-only list of people who did not want to be called by telemarketers.

The bill requires that all telemarketers in Alaska register with the state and pay a registration fee. That amount has not been set.

The House passed the bill in March by a 35-1 vote, and the Senate passed it by a 14-0 vote on Monday.



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