JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP/KMOX) – You’re at work, or in your car or maybe in the middle of a meeting… your cell phone rings, you fumble for you phone and struggle to answer it and it only turns out to be a telemarketer.

That annoyance could soon be taken care of.   The Missouri Senate has passed a measure that would put cellphone numbers on the state’s no-call list.

The vote was unanimous, 34 to nothing. Right now no-call is limited to landlines. It gets even better, the measure would also forbid telemarketers from sending unwanted images or text messages to a cellphone.

Sponsoring Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican, says the change is necessary as more people have started using cellphones instead of landlines.

The Missouri Attorney General’s office received more than 22,000 complaints of unwanted cellphone calls last year. The measure now goes to the House.

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