JEFFERSON CITY, May 21, 2012 — Missourians can now expect the same privacy on their cell phones that they have on their home phones thanks to legislation championed by State Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit. Senator Kraus sponsored Senate Bill 594, and helped pass the companion House Bill 1549, to add cell phone numbers to the state’s “No-Call List”. The bill also restricts text and graphic messages.
“Missouri residents deserve the same protections on their cell phones that they have access to for their landline phones,” said Sen. Kraus. “Every one of us has experienced unwanted calls or messages on our cell phone, some which we even end up paying for. HB 1549 will put an end to those distractions.”
The General Assembly had made attempts to add cell phones to the “No-Call List” for several years, but the legislation was always derailed because of other items in the bills. Senator Kraus filed SB 594 in early January and maintained that the legislation only pertained to cell phones. State Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, filed a similar bill in the House, and it was his bill that Sen. Kraus handled in the Senate.
“I want to thank Rep. Richardson for filing HB 1549 and giving me the opportunity to carry it in the Senate,” said Sen. Kraus. “Together, we accomplished the tough task of keeping his bill clean. We are both proud to get this win for Missouri residents.”
HB 1549 is now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature. Once signed, Missourians will be able to add their cell phones to the “No-Call List” beginning Aug. 28,2012.
To add a phone number to the Missouri Attorney General’s “No-Call” List, visit www.ago.mo.gov, and click on “No-Call List” under the “Consumer Protection” tab.