An effort to expand the state’s no-call list has been rejected by Missouri House leaders who have refused to even let the issue be debated.
The Senate had voted to let people block calls on cell phones, as well as faxes, text messages and had wanted pre-recorded calls from politicians and companies to have a real person asking the recipient of the call if they wanted to hear a message.
Senate sponsor Kevin Engler says House leaders are running against the public tide. He says more than eighty percent of Missourians do not want to receive those calls. He says similar proposals were made in the House but they were never sent to the floor for debate.
Engler suggests one reason House Republicans refuse to consider the issue is because passage of it would be seen as a victory for Attorney General Jay Nixon, whose office runs the no-call list. Nixon is a Democrat running against the re-election of Republican Governor Matt Blunt.
(The bill was SS HB801)