For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
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Date: October 4, 2004

Wasden & Ellsworth Applaud Supreme Court Action on Do Not Call List

(Boise) - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Representative Julie Ellsworth applauded action by the United States Supreme Court that allows the national Do Not Call Registry to stand. The Court declined to hear an appeal by telemarketers who argued that the law violates their right to free speech.

The Attorney General's Office proposed and enforces Idaho's No Call Law, which was sponsored by Representative Julie Ellsworth of Boise. Although the Idaho registry has since been incorporated into the National Do Not Call Registry, Attorney General Wasden's office continues to receive and investigate complaints of No Call violations from Idaho residents.

"Today's action is a big win for Idaho consumers," Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. "There are now more than 250,000 Idaho telephone numbers on the registry, a clear indication that large numbers of Idahoans wish to be free of unwanted telephone solicitations."

"I believe the Idaho Do Not Call List has been very effective and I am happy to see the federal list withstand the constitutional challenge," Representative Julie Ellsworth said. "The strength of the Idaho list is that we were able to provide broad coverage by including fewer exemptions than many of the states allowed."

By declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court let stand a previous decision by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Tenth Circuit held "that the do-not-call registry is a valid commercial speech regulation because it directly advances the government's important interests in safeguarding personal privacy and reducing the danger of telemarketing abuse without burdening an excessive amount of speech."

Idahoans can register their cellular or home phones for the national Do Not Call Registry online through Attorney General Wasden's web site or by telephone at 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236). To register by phone, consumers must call from the number they want to register. Telemarketers are required to obtain an updated copy of the list every three months, so it may take that long for all telemarketers to be aware of a newly registered number. Registered telephone numbers are covered by both the state and national Do Not Call laws.

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