Florida’s Do Not Call list has grown since fee was eliminated

 

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Since eliminating a fee to subscribe, Florida’s Do Not Call list has grown significantly, the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Wednesday. In the past two years, nearly 575,000 phone numbers have been added to the statewide Do Not Call list so that individuals are not bothered at home by telemarketers, solicitors and scammers.

The growth has come since Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, in partnership with the Florida Legislature, removed the $10 registration fee and $5 annual fee for individuals to sign up for the statewide Do Not Call list, the department said.

Before the fee was eliminated on April 23, 2012, there were 71,460 phone numbers on the statewide list. Today, there are 647,481 phone numbers subscribed.

A bill that would add text messages to the Do Not Call list is currently pending in the Legislature. SB 450, proposed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, was passed by the Florida Senate, while its House companion, HB 1191 by Rep. Janet Cruz, awaits a final vote on the House floor.

Anyone who would like to add a number to the list can call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832). You can also sign up for the list online at www.800helpfla.com.

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