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MADISON — Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a proposal to allow residents to stay on the state’s do-not-call list permanently, without having to re-register.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, and Rep. Andre Jacque, R-DePere, also would ban political robocalls made to people on the list.

Currently, Wisconsin residents must register every two years to stay on the list.

“(Right now) there’s really nothing to remind us of when that two-year period is up,” Harsdorf told the Senate Committee on Energy, Consumer Protection and Governmental Reform on Tuesday. “So all of a sudden, people are wondering why they’re getting all these calls. They’re no longer on the list.”

Also, while the law bars most automated calls, it includes exemptions for nonprofit groups and political parties, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday.

Harsdorf and Jacque said they have received numerous complaints about political robocalls.

“Simply having a phone shouldn’t be an invitation for politicians and outside groups to disturb family dinners and clog up answering machines for weeks at a time, particularly around elections,” Jacque said. “Unfortunately, auto-dialed calls have been increasingly popular for their ability to repeatedly bombard citizens at minimal costs.”

Administrators of the state’s do-not-call list said the changes could cost the state another $48,000 a year in staff time spent answering complaints and maintaining the list.

Sandy Chalmers, administrator for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s consumer protection division, also said the changes won’t address some of the most troublesome calls, which come from overseas. She described some from scam artists offering low credit card rates or free trips, and said those people don’t honor no-call lists.

“Unfortunately, this bill will do nothing to address the millions and millions and millions of fraudulent robocalls that people are getting,” Chalmers said. “Most of those originate from overseas, and many of them are organized crime rings that originate from countries like Jamaica, Russia and India.”

The bill includes exemptions for school districts, people or organizations with current business or personal relationships with a recipient, government entities alerting residents of health or safety dangers, colleges or universities seeking to reach alumni and debt collectors.

Chalmers said the federal government already has a permanent do-not-call list and the state could save money by partnering with it.

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