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Spam Spammed

August 28, 2003
By: Aidian Holder
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 228

A law taking effect today may give relief to people sick of wading through spam to get their e-mail. Aidian Holder has the story.

The anti-spam law requires senders to identify an e-mail as spam in the subject line and provide a way for consumers to opt out of future mailings.

But instead of working like the state's no call list, the bill makes people contact each spammer individually, and Columbia representative Jeff Harris says more is needed.

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Harris, a freshman democrat, was one of only a handful of lawmakers who voted no on the bill.

From the state Capital, I'm Aidian Holder


A new law lets you tell spammers to stop sending you junk e-mail. Aidian Holder has the story

The new law requires spammers to stop sending e-mail to anyone who asks and it makes them label spam in the e-mail's subject line.

But people still have to contact each sender they want to stop getting spam from. Critics say the law should be stronger.

Representative Carl Bearden says the bill is better than nothing.

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Contents: Rep. Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, says the bill isn't what he hoped for but is better than the old laws.

Bearden was one of the bill's sponsers. He says lawmakers may pass a stronger bill in the future.

An earlier version of the bill set up a do not spam registry similar to Missouri's do not call list.

From the State Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder


A new law could help you stop all that spam in your e-mail. Aidian Holder has the story.

The anti-spam law makes spammers label their e-mail and give you a chance to get off their lists.

Representative David Pearce sponsored the bill . . . he says he gets way too much junk e-mail.

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Contents: Rep. Pearce says 40 to 50 percent of the e-mail he gets is spam

But because the law doesn't set up a do not call style registry, critics say more is needed. The bill's sponsors say it's better than nothing, and they say lawmakers may strengthen it in the future.

From the state Capital, I'm Aidian Holder.