Wisconsin’s popular Do Not Call list for telemarketers will disappear and merge with the federal no-call list.
Governor Scott Walker approved the change Tuesday, when he privately signed 62 bills into law. Supporters say the Federal Trade Commission’s no-call list still lets people keep their relative peace and quiet at home, by keeping unwanted sales pitches away. Unlike the state list, the FTC does not require people to re-register every two years.
The moves is expected to save the state about $190,000 a year. State consumer protection officials say it will give them more time and resources to investigate and go after those who violate the no-call law.
Walker on Tuesday also signed a bill that helps residents hit by skyrocketing propane bills get emergency loans. It reduces interest rates for qualified borrowers, to address future emergencies like the one in January when fuel shortages caused suppliers to increase their prices to record levels.
Other bills signed by Walker will let Wisconsinites buy long shotguns and rifles in other states. Tax-deductible college savings can be made for longer periods in the Ed-Vest program, and contributions are allowed to any students instead of just family members. Small egg producers with 150 birds or less will also now be able to sell their products at farmers’ markets without having to get state food licenses.