Congress OKs sweepstakes bill, ratifies FTC choice

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Congress last night gave final approval to a bill requiring marketers to add more disclosures on sweepstakes mailings, giving the U.S. Postal Service additional enforcement authority and attempting to limit mailers' aping of government mail. Approval of the legislation had been expected. It would require marketers to say several times that no purchase is necessary and that purchasing doesn't increase the chance of winning. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate ratified Thomas Leary's appointment to the Federal Trade Commission, giving the FTC five commissioners for the first time in months. Mr. Leary, 67, a D.C. lawyer, is a Republican.

Copyright November 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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