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645,000 phone numbers now on Fla. Do-Not-Call list

 

Florida’s Do-Not-Call list

Learn more: Realtors who call private homes should understand their obligations under the state and national do-not-call laws. More information can be found in the Legal section of floridarealtors.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 23 – Two years ago, the Florida Legislature removed the $10 registration fee and $5 annual fee for individuals to sign up for the statewide Do Not Call list at the request of Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Since that time, nearly 575,000 phone numbers have been added to the list, which bans telemarketers – a term that includes Realtors – from calling Floridians at home unless a specific set of rules applies.

"Since eliminating the fee to subscribe, Florida's Do-Not-Call list has grown exponentially," said Commissioner Putnam. "We're proud to prevent more than 645,000 Floridians from being bothered by unwanted sales calls."

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

A 2012 bill eliminated the fee for consumers and increased the penalties for businesses that violate Florida's Do-Not-Call list.

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). Floridians can also sign up for the list online at www.800helpfla.com.

The state's Do Not Call list is updated quarterly and available to solicitors upon request. It is illegal for solicitors to make telephone calls to phone numbers on Florida's Do-Not-Call list.

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