Saturday, January 26, 2008

Alert: State may create 'Do Not Deliver' list

A Maryland legislator wants her state to create a "Do Not Deliver" list for unsolicited free newspapers, similar to the national "Do Not Call" list for telemarketers, according to the Associated Press.

The reason? People can't stop the Examiner and other newspapers from throwing papers on their driveways.

A bill by Republican Tanya Shewell (pictured) would give newspaper publishers seven days to comply with a request to stop an unsolicited home delivery. If the deliveries continue, publishers could be fined $100 a day. House Bill 357 would also require free newspapers to print a toll-free phone number in a conspicuous location for people who would want delivery stopped. (Here is a link to the bill.)

Examiner representatives didn't return the AP's calls for comment. But Examiner executive Michael Phelps said in a story in the Baltimore Examiner that a "Do Not Deliver" registry isn't necessary. He said stopping unwanted deliveries "is among my highest priorities."

Residents within the Examiner's circulation areas have been complaining this problem for more than a year: