May 16, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said that a bill passed unanimously today by the General Assembly to add cell phones to Missouri’s no-call law will benefit millions of Missourians by protecting them from unwanted telemarketer calls. Since becoming Attorney General, Koster has repeatedly asked the General Assembly to pass this important law. The bill now goes to the Governor.
“Twelve years ago, passage of the no-call law saved the dinner hour in this state,” Koster said. “Today’s action will preserve the privacy of Missourians for a new technological era.”
Koster said that adding cell phones to Missouri’s no-call law also gives his office the authority to take legal action against businesses that make unwanted sales calls to cell phone numbers. The state routinely sues telemarketers to stop them from making calls to land lines and collects fines and penalties from these businesses for violations.
The Attorney General commended Representative Todd Richardson for sponsoring the legislation, House Bill 1549, and Senator Will Kraus for guiding it through the Senate.
If signed by the Governor, the bill will become law August 28.