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Rutherford objects to Federal Court ruling

Friday, September 26, 2003 Posted 10:00 a.m.
Springfield - State Senator Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac) is disappointed in a federal district court ruling that effectively blocks the national -do not call- registry from taking effect October 1 as planned.

The federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) overstepped its authority in establishing the national do-not-call registry.

-It is unfortunate that the federal judge looked at the rule-making process and, in my opinion, did not look at the underlying action done by the United States Congress that did enable a -do not call- registry that allows consumers to opt in and not have telemarketers call and bug them in their own homes.-

The FTC and Congressmen who supported the national registry disagree with the court-s ruling and are working to get the registry back on track.

Until then, Rutherford indicated the federal ruling could put Illinois- registry in jeopardy as the state list shares the free registration process with the federal government.

-We do have a law in Illinois establishing our own -do not call- registry,- said Rutherford, who supported passage of the law last year. -Unfortunately, this puts it somewhat in question; and obviously, in the next period of days and weeks we need to look into ensuring Illinois- list is going to remain intact so we can keep the privacy of our own homes safe from telemarketing.-

Rutherford will monitor the situation at the State level to update area residents on the future of the state-s -do not call- list in light of the federal court decision.