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Do Not Call Registry fines could jump to $20,000 in New York

The New York State Assembly advanced a bill this week that would raise the penalty for telemarketers who violate the do-not-call registry law. The bill, which was approved by a near-unanimous vote of 146-1, would increase the penalty for calling someone on the Do Not Call Registry to $20,000.

This is not the first time the bill has been proposed; it has been previously approved in the state Assembly, but has yet to clear the state Senate.

Despite the existence of the Do Not Call Registry, consumers have reported that telemarketers continue to call them, prompting lawmakers to take action.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration, where it will need to be approved before it can become law. If it is passed, telemarketers who violate the law will face a significantly higher penalty, providing greater protection to New York consumers who have signed up for the Do Not Call Registry.