House panel OK's sweepstakes limits

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Prospects for a new sweepstakes law winning approval by Congress this year got a major boost Sept. 30 as a House panel unanimously OK'd a sweepstakes bill that differed in only minor respects from an earlier Senate approved version. The House bill would require marketers to say three times no purchase is needed and that purchase doesn't increase the chance of winning; give the postal service new powers to stop mailings; limit government look-alikes; and require marketers to quickly remove people from lists, when requested.

Copyright October 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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