Governor Wolf Signs Multiple Bills

Governor Tom Wolf signed the following bills:

House Bill 318, which makes amendments to the Telemarketer Registration act to allow business telephone subscribers to sign up, remove a five-year time limit for enrollment in the do-not-call-list, prohibit telephone solicitation on legal holidays and create a legal procedure for the use of robocalls. Under the new law, robocalls must include a method for the recipient to opt-out of telephone solicitation calls that is clearly stated at the beginning of the call. Additionally, a robocall leaving a voicemail must provide a toll-free telephone number that the recipient can call to opt-out of further calls.

House Bill 1557, which removes the current one-year cessation limit and requires temporary cessation of coal refuse disposal areas to conform to federal regulations under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 197; requires new coal refuse disposal areas to have a water contamination prevention system and allow for revegetation and prevention of erosion; and allows for the Department of Environmental Protection to promulgate regulations to provide for the connection of coal refuse or related material to the coal refuse disposal area.

The governor will allow House Bill 1170 to become law without his signature.