State Do Not Mail Registry Bills – 2009

Mail Moves America is actively working with state business groups and communicating with legislators about the importance of direct mail for consumers, businesses and the economy. The following is a summary of the current state bills.

Berkeley, CA

The City Council considered a non-binding resolution that "urges" the California State Legislature to adopt state a Do Not Mail registry this year. The resolution does not create a registry itself. It was forwarded to two city commissions for consideration - the Commission on Labor and the Zero Waste Commission. The Commission on Labor voted to oppose the resolution and the Zero Waste Commission did not take it up. The Council has since decided not to pursue the resolution further.

Connecticut

HB 5410 would establish a Do Not Mail registry to be maintained by the Department of Consumer Protection. The bill was introduced on January 22, 2009 and referred to the Joint Committee on General Law.

HB 5413 would establish an opt out option for consumers who do not wish to receive unsolicited telephone books, newspapers, flyers or "junk mail." The bill was introduced on January 22, 2009 and referred to the Joint Committee on General Law.

Florida

HB 781 requires the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish and maintain a Do Not Mail statewide registry to contain a list of consumers who do not wish to receive direct-mail marketing solicitations. The legislation would require a $10 registration fee and a $5 renewal fee.

SB 1324 requires the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish and maintain a Do Not Mail statewide registry to contain a list of consumers who do not wish to receive direct-mail marketing solicitations. The legislation would require a $10 registration fee and a $5 renewal fee.

New Jersey

A. 3419 would establish a Do Not Mail registry to be maintained by the Division of Consumer Affairs. The bill has been withdrawn by the sponsor.

New York

SB 2132 directs the New York Consumer Protection Board to establish a registry of consumers who do not want to receive unsolicited direct mail marketing. The bill also directs the board to provide a way for consumers to register via a toll-free telephone number. The bill has been referred to the Senate Consumer Protection Committee.

Oakland, CA

The City Council is considering a non-binding resolution (09-0912) that "urges" Congress and the California State Legislature to adopt state and federal Do Not Mail registries. The resolution does not create a registry itself. The resolution was scheduled to be heard in November by the full council, but it was pulled from the agenda and is currently being held for further consideration.

San Francisco, CA

The Board of Supervisors approved, on March 31, 2009, a non-binding resolution (number 081526) that "urges" Congress and the California State Legislature to adopt state and federal Do Not Mail registries.  The resolution does not create a registry itself.  If the Mayor signs the resolution, it could then be forwarded to the San Francsico delgations in Congress and the California legislature. 

Seattle, WA

The City Council considered a non-binding resolution (no. 31169) earlier this year that "urges" the Washington State Legislature to adopt a state Do Not Mail registry. The resolution does not create a registry itself. It was adopted by the council at its January 25, 2010 meeting.

updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 11:58 AM