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Legislators try to patch holes in Missouri's no-call law

February 4, 2003
By: Johnathan Woodward
State Capital Bureau

Sick of getting that sales pitch for a new credit card?

Even if you're on Missouri's no-call list, they still get to call you--but not if new legislation makes it through the Capitol.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Right now, Missouri's no-call law has several exceptions--including any federally regulated company.

That means a bank can call to sell you a mortgage, even if you're on the no call list--because the bank's regulated by the FDIC.

But St. Louis County Rep. Rick Johnson's bill would get rid of that exception, and several others.

Johnson, a Democrat, says his bill's biggest hurdles are businesses who still want to make calls:

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But, business groups say getting rid of exemptions would be too much of a burden on small businesses who aren't out to dupe consumers.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward, KMOX News.


Still getting sales calls at dinner time--even though you're on Missouri's no call list?

A St. Louis County legislator is trying to fix that--but business groups are crying foul.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Any business regulated by the federal government is exempt from Missouri's no-call list.

That means banks can call you all they want, because they're regulated by the FDIC.

For the second year in a row, St. Louis County Rep. Rick Johnson wants to get rid of that, and other exceptions to the no-call law.

Johnson says lawmakers need to realize consumers want a no-call law that means they won't get any sales calls:

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But, the business groups opposed to the bill say it unfairly restricts small businesses who want to make friendly calls.


Refinance your mortgage, get a new credit card, and how about some aluminum siding?

They're telemarking calls you might still be getting--but not if a bill in the Missouri House tightens Missouri's anti-telemarketing laws.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis County Rep. Rick Johnson's bill would get rid of several exemptions to Missouri's no-call law.

Right now, if a business is federally regulated, or based out of a home--it can still call you.

But what about all of those calls around election time, asking for your vote?

The attorney general's office says it was swarmed with complaints about campaign calls last November.

But Johnson says banning political calls would run into a constitutional roadblock:

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And, business groups are lobbying against the bill because they say small businesses need to be able to make calls.

But, as Columbia Representative Chuck Graham pointed out--they can always send a postcard.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward, KMOX News.