Michigan Establishes Do Not Call List

Michigan has adopted the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry as the state's Do Not Call List. Michigan residents can now register for the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry by phone or on-line. For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call website at http://www.donotcall.gov.

Michigan's Do Not Call List Law - In December 2002, the Michigan Legislature passed PA 612 of 2002, prohibiting telephone solicitations to residential consumers on the state's Do Not Call List. PA 612 states that if a federal government agency established a federal Do Not Call List, within 120 days after the establishment of that list, the Commission should designate the federal list as the state Do Not Call list.

The National Do Not Call Registry - With amendments to its Telemarketing Sales Rule in 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) established a National Do Not Call Registry.

The MPSC Order - At its April 17, 2003 meeting, the Michigan Public Service Commission issued MPSC Order No. U-13753 designating the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry as the Michigan Do Not Call list.

The Federal Communications Commission's Rules - On July 3, 2003, the FCC released a final rule on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 which adopted new rules (See Appendix A -- Final Rules -- Page 130) to provide consumers with several options for avoiding unwanted telephone solicitations consistent with the FTC's rules.

Exemptions - Exemptions to Michigan's Do Not Call List law can be found in PA 612.

Enforcement - In December 2002, the Michigan Legislature signed PA 613 of 2002, giving the Michigan Attorney General authority to enforce the Do Not Call List law. Complaints can also be filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.