OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Gary Stanislawski is reminding citizens to take advantage of his legislation expanding Oklahoma’s Do-Not-Call registry. The registry, first created in 2003, was originally created to give Oklahomans relief from seemingly endless telemarketing calls.
“Until that law was passed, it seemed like it was impossible to sit down and have a family dinner without the phone ringing off the hook. Consumers were fed up, and that resulted in the creation of state and national Do-Not-Call registries,” said Stanislawski, R-Tulsa. “However as technology changes, telemarketers have found new ways of bombarding citizens with unwanted solicitations. That’s why I introduced Senate Bill 398 in 2011.”
SB 398 expands Oklahoma’s telemarketing law to ensure it includes land-line telephones, cell phones and text messages. The legislation was approved and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, and took effect on July 1, 2011. The registry continues to be administered by the State Attorney General’s office.
There are exceptions to the registry, including calls or messages from charitable or political organizations as well as businesses that have an established relationship with the recipient of the phone or text message.
To learn more about the telemarketing law, or to sign up for the state and federal registries, go to http://www.oag.state.ok.us/oagweb.nsf/DoNotCall.