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1 million Floridians signed up for ‘Do Not Call’ list

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One million phone numbers now are on the state’s Do Not Call List, which restricts telemarketers and others from making sales calls to Floridians.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s office announced the news Tuesday.

Of those, 928,000 were added since “Putnam worked with the Legislature in 2012 to remove the fee to join,” according to a press release.

The list makes it “illegal for solicitors to call or text numbers on the state’s Do Not Call List, with penalties of up to $10,000 per violation,” the release said.

To get on the list, visit, or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352). Spanish speakers should call 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832).

Each subscriber can enter six phone numbers that will remain active on the list for five years, the release said.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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