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Bills would provide relief from telemarketers

January 25, 2000
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

If you're sick of telemarketers interrupting your dinner, there may be hope from the Missouri House. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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A pair of bills in the Missouri House would create a state "no-call" list.

This would give consumers the ability to avoid unsolicited commercial phone calls.

Any company calling someone on the list could face a fine of up to $5,000.

House Speaker Steve Gaw sponsors one of the bills.

He says Missourians have a right to avoid these calls.

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Contents: Gaw says having a phone line shouldn't be interpreted as an open invitation to the dinner table.

Gaw's bill will be discussed by the House Consumer Protection Committee and will be voted on in the next few weeks.

From the state Capitol, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


A pair bills in the Missouri House would allow consumers to decide if they want to receive phone calls from telemarketers. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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The legislation would create a list of Missourians who didn't want to be contacted by telemarketers.

Any company calling someone on the list would be subject to a fine of up to $5,000.

William Ray is a lobbyist for the American Association of Retired Persons.

He says this legislation would help consumers avoid fraudulent offers.

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Contents: Ray says 40 billion dollars is collected fraudulently by telemarketers every year in America, and 56 percent is collected from people 50 or older.

Ray says paying for telephone service should ensure consumers the right to avoid these types of calls.

From the Capitol, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.