Missouri House OKs adding cellphones to No Call List

Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 5:26 p.m. CDT; updated 8:32 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 12, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation that would allow Missouri residents to shield their personal cellphone numbers from telemarketers sailed through the state House on Thursday.

The measure would expand the state's No Call List to cover cellphone calls and text messages — the state registry already covers landline phones. Sponsoring Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, said laws blocking telemarketer calls to landlines enjoy broad public support and that it's time to extend such protections to cellphone users, as more and more people drop their landlines.

"This is about protecting the privacy of Missourians and expanding the list to serve every individual who uses a phone," Richardson said.

House members approved the measure 147-0, and it now moves to the Senate, where a similar measure already passed earlier this year.

Federal law protects cellphone users from automated "robocalls," and the federal government and Missouri attorney general's office maintain do not call lists. Backers of the Missouri bill say allowing cellphone numbers on the state registry will save the state money by simplifying the maintenance of the list.

The attorney general's office said there 2.2 million attempts last year to register a cellphone number on the No Call List, which was more than the number of attempts to register a landline phone. The figure counts those who directly contacted the attorney general's office and those who added their number to a similar federal registry from which state officials can obtain numbers.

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Mary Bridge April 13, 2012 | 3:44 a.m.

I really hope that this legislation will shield our personal cellphone numbers. But at the moment one of the best solutions from those annoying calls is to install an app on your phone. I'm using Call Control and it works wonders!

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william ross April 15, 2012 | 9:59 a.m.

I think that's a great idea. As much as I hate putting my cellphone number at any list, I think I can handle that if it means not receiving any more call from these telemarketers.

The first telemarketing call started about 3 days ago by somebody who tried to sell me a vacuum cleaner and I was shocked and irritated at the same time. I never expected a call like that on my cellphone. I felt harassed because my cellphone is like a personal stuff I wouldn't like strangers to use to get through to me. I reported the phone number to not to raise a warning, though it would still serve so being posted there, but more to expose the violators phone number for everybody to see and who knows? Some prank callers might just feel like calling the number, too.

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