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Del. Legislature to Vote on Telemarketing Bill

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Telemarketers could soon be required to register with the state of Delaware and reapply annually. (Photo: CBS) Telemarketers could soon be required to register with the state of Delaware and reapply annually. (Photo: CBS)

DOVER, Del.- The Delaware House of Representatives is considering a bill Tuesday that would allow the Delaware Consumer Protection Bureau to revoke or deny registrations for telemarketing companies to operate in the state of Delaware.

The bill says the bureau could take into consideration whether or not the telemarketing company has broken laws or not followed regulations in Delaware or other states with similar statutes.

Bill Dealy of Townsend said many different types of companies call him.

"You name it. Mostly charities. Every charity in the world," he said. "I usually tell them 'no thanks' and 'goodbye' and I give my own stuff to the people I want. I don't need a call."

The Federal Trade Commission runs a "do not call" list. Anyone can put their phone number on it. If you are on the list, companies are supposed to remove you from their call databases.

Greg from Felton said he has had mixed experiences with the list.

"And what do they all want? Money, money, money," he says. Everybody's trying to get that from you. And then the no call list does not work. It's sad to say. They keep calling anyway."

According to the Delaware Attorney General's Office, the list does not apply to political campaigns and any company you may have done business with before.

The AG's office said you technically have established a business relationship with any company you have bought something from before. That is why you may still receive calls from companies you know. Political campaigns fall under a different realm of regulations. 

All viewers WBOC spoke with today had the same opinion as Greg.

"It's a nuisance," he says. "Really something should be done."

The bill will be voted on in the state House of Representatives Tuesday. Should it pass, it goes to the Senate for the same process.  

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