JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would protect residents from getting unwanted calls and text messages to their cellphones from telemarketers.
Senate Bill 2366 would add cellphone numbers to a list that protects people from unsolicited calls that advertise goods or services. The bill would also block telemarketers from texting numbers on that list.
The bill expands a 2003 law that established the list. The Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act is meant to protect personal privacy.
The bill passed the Senate in a near unanimous vote on Feb. 29.
It passed also passed the House in a near unanimous vote Thursday night. The House applauded when the bill was introduced for a vote.
The bill now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for approval.