KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed into law increased protections for Missourians under the state’s no call law. In a ceremony at a senior center in Kansas City, the governor signed House Bill 1549 sponsored by state Rep. Todd Richardson, which enables Missourians to register their cell phone numbers on the no call list to protect them from receiving unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages beginning Aug. 28. Nixon was joined at the bill signing by Attorney General Chris Koster, whose office maintains the no call list and enforces the law against violators.
“Over the past 12 years, Missouri’s no call law has been highly successful and a model for other states,” Nixon said. “This is largely because of aggressive enforcement during that time by the Attorney General’s Office, and because of the active participation of Missourians who have registered for the no call list and who readily report violations of the law. Today we reach another milestone in protecting Missouri consumers, as we expand the no call law to include telemarketing calls and text messages to cell phones. It is truly a great day for consumers in Missouri.”
Koster said: “Wherever I go in this state, I’m asked one question more than any other … ‘When can I put my cell phone on the no call list?’ The answer is, today. Twelve years ago, the no call law saved the dinner hour in this state. Today’s action extends that protection into a new technological era.”
Nixon was Missouri’s attorney general when the no call law was passed in 2000, and was instrumental in its passage and implementation. The governor said the no call law has not only helped protect Missourians from unwanted telemarketing calls since it took effect, but also has been vital in reducing telemarketing fraud perpetrated against Missourians. He said several previous efforts had been made to include cell phone numbers on the state no call list before HB 1549 was passed this year.
“Twelve years ago, it would have been hard to imagine someone giving up their landline and using only a cell phone,” Nixon said. “But today, cell phones – with their ability for making calls, sending text messages, and accessing the Internet – have become the standard means of communication. Many Missourians no longer have a landline, and a cell phone has become their only number. That’s why Missouri’s no call law needed to catch up.”
For more information about the Missouri No Call Law, go www.MO.gov.