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Missouri's no-call law is a success

Thursday, September 27, 2001

Missouri's new no-call list is working. Attorney General Jay Nixon has levied another $102,000 in fines against telemarketers who violated the no-call list names. That brings to $267,500 the amount of fines imposed on the no-call violators, which is much better than we had expectd.

Over 800,000 Missourians have added their names to the list of residents wanting to end the unsolicited, often evening phone calls. There remains loopholes in the no-call law but it has had a substantial impact on the number of telemarketing calls in Missouri. We can only hope next session the Missouri Legislature closes those remaining loopholes.

When first proposed, the no-call idea sounded good on paper but also had many questions attached. Now that the plan has had a couple of months to get up and running, it appears to be working. Surely the fines will even further reduce the annoying phone calls.

People who failed to place their name on the no-call list can still contact the Attorney General's office. Nixon has a toll free number and web site which allow you to provide a home phone number to be included on the list. Telemarketers will be provided with an updated list from time to time. Eventually we expect well over a million Missourians to add their names.

Sometimes government gets it right. This may be one of those times.

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