May. 19, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Tired of Telemarketers?

Legislation that responds to widespread consumer complaints about unwanted telemarketing and robo-calls passed the House recently.

House Bill 105 would improve the state’s telemarketing law by making registrations on the do-not-call list permanent, rather than re-registering after five years. Among other things, the measure would also prohibit the calls on legal holidays and require telemarketers to provide an opt-out process within the first few seconds of each robo-call. The bill now goes to the Senate for review.

Remember, registration on the list will not prevent all calls. Individuals with an existing relationship with a company, along with charitable and political calls, are exempt.
Make Sure Your Contractor is Registered

To help ensure that consumers are better protected against fraudulent contractors, state law requires all who perform at least $5,000 worth of home improvements per year register with the attorney general’s office.

The law helps consumers by establishing minimum insurance requirements for contractors; requiring contractors to provide their registration number in their ads and contracts; establishing required contract terms for home improvement contracts; prohibiting unfair business practices; and creating a criminal penalty for home improvement fraud.

Consumers can verify a contractor’s registration with the attorney general’s office by visiting the Registered Contractors page or by calling 1-888-520-6680. Learn more here.

Buckle Up to Ensure Kids’ Safety

With the start of the summer travel season, PennDOT, along with state and local police, want to ensure that drivers and their passengers are safe, and will conduct their “Click it or Ticket” seat belt enforcement program May 22 through June 4. The targeted effort will be especially prevalent at the state’s borders.

Additionally, to help ensure the safety of infants and children in cars, troopers certified as child passenger safety technicians will offer no-cost car seat fittings and inspections at various locations. Click here for that list.

Fish for Free on May 28

On Sunday, May 28, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish-for- Free day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all state waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations will still apply. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. Learn more here.