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Wisconsin's no-call list to end; merged with federal list

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin's popular do-not-call list for telemarketers will disappear, and merge with the federal no-call list.

Governor Scott Walker approved the change yesterday, when he privately signed 62 bills into law.

Supporters said the Federal Trade Commission's no-call list still lets people keep their relative peace-and-quiet at home, by keeping unwanted sales pitches away. And the F-T-C does not require people to re-register every two years like the state did. It saves the state $190,000 a year. State consumer protection officials said it would give them more time to investigate those who violate the no-call law.

Also, the Republican Walker signed a bill to let residents hit by skyrocketing propane bills get emergency loans. It reduces interest rates for qualified borrowers, to address future emergencies like the one in January when fuel shortages caused suppliers to jack up their prices.

Other bills signed by Walker will let Wisconsinites buy long shotguns and rifles in other states. Tax-deductible college savings can be made for longer periods in the Ed-Vest program, and contributions are allowed to any students instead of just family members. And small egg producers with 150 birds or less can sell their products at farmers' markets without having to get state food licenses.