House Approves Cox’s Bill Strengthening Do-Not-Call List Protections

The state House today approved a bill introduced by Representative Jim Cox (R-Berks) that would eliminate the need for residents to re-apply every five years to have their telephone numbers on the state’s do-not-call list.   

Under Cox’s bill, once a person registers his or her phone number on the state's do-not-call list, it would remain on the list until the number was no longer valid for that individual. 

“Requiring people to re-register for the do-not-call list is completely unnecessary,” Cox said.  “This is a common-sense consumer-friendly bill.  We wanted to make it easier for people to remain on the do-not-call list and not have to wonder when or if they needed to re-register to avoid receiving unwanted telemarketing calls.” 

Cox agreed to an amendment put forth by Representative Kathy Watson (R-Bucks), which would prohibit all telemarketing calls on standard federal holidays, including Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, President's Day, Good Friday, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, New Year's Day, Independence Day and Memorial Day. 

“I felt the bill was enhanced by Representative Watson's amendment,” said Cox.  “Both my legislation and the amendment provide consumers with more protection from receiving unwanted calls from telemarketers.” 

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.  

For legislative updates, constituents should visit Cox’s website at or follow him on Facebook at

State Representative Jim Cox
129th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Dan Massing

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