JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP/KMOX)– Out of the State Capitol this morning; Missouri lawmakers could gain a few more friends if they move forward with a plan to add cell phones to the state’s No Call List.
You are driving down the road or in a meeting and you are expecting an important text or call so you answer it and it turns out to be someone trying to sell you something? I’ll bet you thought having a cell phone kind of protected you from telemarketers.
A Senate committee has endorsed legislation that would allow people to add their cellphones to the No Call List. It would ban phone calls, text messages or faxes. Similar legislation also has been filed in the state House.
Lawmakers have debated expanding the No Call List in recent years. Supporters of allowing cellphones to be added to the list say the changes are needed to account for new technology. They say solicitations through people’s cellphones are unwanted and cost Missourians money.
According to the Federal Communications Commission you can also add your number to a federal No Call List and your phone numbers will remain on the list until you remove them or discontinue service – there is no need to re-register numbers.
The Do-Not-Call registry does not prevent all unwanted calls. It does not cover the following:
- calls from organizations with which you have established a business relationship;
- calls for which you have given prior written permission;
- calls which are not commercial or do not include unsolicited advertisements;
- calls by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations.
Consumers can register on-line for the national do-not-call registry by going to www.donotcall.gov. To register by telephone, consumers may call 1-888-382-1222: for TTY call 1-866-290-4236. You must call from the phone number you wish to register.
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