JEFFERSON CITY â€” Today (6-14), the governor signed legislation ushered through the Senate by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Leeâ€™s Summit. House Bill 1549 passed the General Assembly as an effort to protect citizensâ€™ privacy and eliminate unwanted cell phone communication.
â€śHouse Bill 1549 is an update to Missouriâ€™s No-Call list,â€ť said Sen. Kraus. â€śWhen the first No-Call list was created, the idea of including cell phones was almost ludicrous, as they were an advancing technology and their use was certainly not as rampant as today.â€ť
Missouriâ€™s No-Call list was created to keep citizens from receiving unsolicited phone calls from businesses or organizations. With the increase of cell phone usage came an increase of abuse of cell phone numbers by companies that had been cut off from attempting communications. House Bill 1549 adds cell phones to the No-Call list, effectively stifling unwanted calls and texts.
“This bill seems simple, because the truth is that no one wants to be interrupted during family time for a call from someone offering things,â€ť said Sen. Kraus. â€śThis bill has been attempted in the General Assembly for years. However it has been previously tied to provisions that kept it from passing. This year, I fought to keep this bill clean and straightforward, enabling final passage of a piece of legislation that will benefit all Missourians.”
The governor signed the bill today in two ceremonies, one in Kansas City and the other in St. Louis. The measure will take effect Aug. 28, allowing citizens to place their numbers on the list then.
To add a phone number to the Missouri Attorney Generalâ€™s â€śNo-Callâ€ť List, visit www.ago.mo.gov/nocalllaw.