May 18, 2007
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon today expressed disappointment at the failure of the current General Assembly to expand Missouri’s No Call list. In December, Nixon called on the General Assembly to protect Missouri families by placing automated political “robo calls” on the No Call list. He also urged the General Assembly to expand the No Call list to allow Missourians to register their cell phone and fax numbers on the list.
“Gov. Blunt and the House leadership have once again ignored the will of the vast majority of Missourians who want meaningful changes to the No Call law,” Nixon said. “Because of their inaction, Missouri small business owners will continue to pay to receive junk faxes, Missouri families will continue to be bombarded by annoying political robo calls, and Missouri cell phone users will continue to be unprotected by the No Call laws.”
The Missouri Senate passed such a proposal by a 33-0 vote, but the leadership in the House of Representatives refused to bring the measure to the floor for debate. Similar legislation in 2006 was unanimously passed by the Senate but died while awaiting action in the House.
Last fall, Missourians filed more than 600 complaints about political robo calls to the No Call unit, Nixon said. More than 2.3 million Missouri families are on the No Call list.