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Robocalls To Cell Phones Targeted In Proposed Law

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Robocalls from political parties would be banned under a bill filed by a Republican senator.

Cape Girardeau Senator Jason Crowell says adding cell phones to the no-call list is the next logical step.

The bill will also ban certain automated calls from telemarketers.

“Missouri would be a much better place to live if, before the last presidential election, I didn’t hear from Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, every Republican alive and dead,” Crowell says.

However Republican senator Kevin Engler from Jefferson County has sponsored the cell phone no-call bill for three years, but it died each time. He blames robocalls for the failure of that bill.

Crowell will present the bill during the regular session, which begins January 4.

If the bill passes, cell phones will be added to the no-call list and some automated calls will be banned. Also companies and individuals who violate the law could face up to a $5,000 fine.

Crowell says the bill will not cost the state money and he will continue to work with the attorney general to make any changes.

Copyright KMOX State Capitol Bureau

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