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Attorney General of New Mexico
PATRICIA A. MADRIDAttorney General
STUART BLUESTONE Deputy Attorney General

For Immediate Release Contact: Sam Thompson (505) 222-9042

June 27, 2003

Attorney General Madrid and Senator Feldman Announce the Opening of Do Not Call Registry

(Albuquerque, NM) Attorney General Patricia Madrid and Senator Dede Feldman today announced that New Mexicans can begin signing up for the Do Not Call Registry.

"Today is a hallmark for consumer choice. New Mexicans will now have a choice about telemarketing calls. If New Mexicans want to reduce the number of telephone sales calls they receive --- now they can. By registering with the FTC's National Do Not Call Registry New Mexicans will receive the protection of both federal law and New Mexico's newly enacted law," Attorney General Madrid said.

"It is a pleasure to see the Do Not Call Registry offered to New Mexicans. This demonstrates that government listens. The study conducted by the Attorney General asked New Mexicans if they wanted a choice about telemarketing sales calls and there was overwhelming support for do not call legislation. As the sponsor of the bill that created the Do Not Call law for New Mexico, I am delighted to see this day arrive," said Senator Dede Feldman.

Beginning today, New Mexicans will be able to have their residential phone number, either landline or cell, placed in the Do Not Call Registry. Those phone numbers listed by August 31, 2003, will find a reduction in the number of telephone sales calls starting in October 2003. After August 31, telemarketers will have up to three months to obtain newly listed numbers and remove them from call lists.

Feldman added, "There is a huge amount of interest in the Do Not Call Registry. The first day you can register, today, there’s already been 250,000 calls to the 1-800-number. I would like New Mexicans to know that there is ample time to register. For those who are anxious to have telephone sales calls reduced, they should try to register by the end of August."

New Mexicans can sign up for the Do Not Call Registry online (though the website of the Attorney General - www.ago.state.nm.us) or by phone (toll-free 1-888-382-1222, tty 1-866-290-4236)


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