KMOX Capitol Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Cell phone users would have a new tool against telemarketers under a measure  the legislature sent the governor Tuesday, May 15.

The bill would allow cell phone numbers to be included in the “no-call” list  maintained by the state attorney general.

With some exceptions, including political calls, telemarketers are prohibited  from calling numbers on the no-call list unless there is a pre-existing business  relationship with the phone subscriber.

The measure passed by the legislature also would expand the restrictions on  telemarketers to include text messaging and FAXes.

Business phone lines, however, would continued to be excluded from the  restrictions.

Ironically, the bill’s sponsor said he had not been subjected to a  telemarketing call on his cell phone until just about two hours after his bill  had cleared the legislature.

“It demonstrates that this becoming more and more prevalent,” said Rep. Todd  Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff. “The telemarketers are becoming more and more  aggressive about looking for cell phone numbers and putting them into their  databases.”

Richardson said the attorney general’s office was getting hundreds of  complaints per week concerning telemarketing calls to cell phones.

Richardson’s bill cleared the legislature without a single dissenting vote in  either the House or Senate.

Previous efforts to expand the no-call law had encountered legislative  resistance for including political robo calls.

Critics of those efforts argued restricting calls for political campaigns  violated the U.S. Constitution’s right of free speech.

Link: the telemarketer bill, HB 1549.




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