TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas attorney general wants the state's No-Call Act expanded to include mobile phones.
"Ultimately our goal is to be able to deliver the privacy expectation that the legislature provided to Kansans over a decade ago," said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt
Today, Schmidt proposed a bill to update the Kansas No-Call Act, that would allow his office to enforce violations against telemarketers who call Kansas residents' cell phone numbers registered on the federal Do-Not-Call list.
“Kansans who register their personal phone numbers on the Do-Not-Call list have an expectation of privacy, whether that number is tied to a landline or wireless phone,” Schmidt said. “The Kansas No-Call Act needs to be updated to reflect the reality that many Kansans use wireless phones as their primary – and often only – phone number.”
While the federal Do-Not-Call database allows consumers to register any phone number, the Kansas law is unclear whether the Attorney General can pursue violations of the Act when a call is made to a cell phone number registered on the list. Schmidt’s proposal would clarify that the law does apply to mobile phone numbers and update other parts of the statute to mirror federal Do-Not-Call regulations.
Senator Pat Apple (R-Louisburg), chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee, and representatives of Kansas AARP, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon joined Schmidt and announced their support for the bill.
Kansans who wish to register a phone number on the Do-Not-Call list may do so by visiting www.InYourCornerKansas.org and clicking on the “Register for the Do-Not-Call List” button.