HARRISBURG, Pa. – Starting Nov. 1, telemarketers are barred from calling more than 1.6 million Pennsylvania residents who signed up to be placed on a statewide "Do Not Call" registry. Enrollees' names stay on the do-not-call list for five years. Telemarketers who continue to solicit residents on the list will be subject to civil penalties of at least $1,000 per violation. Political parties and charitable organizations are exempt from the rule, as well as are companies that credit unions do existing business with, such as credit card companies. Pennsylvania consumers have until December 15 to sign up for the next list, which comes out February 1, 2003.

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