Ed Plinkington of The Guardian U.S. on breaking the story of leaked documents about the secretive organization, ALEC, which brings together state legislators with corporate representatives to write model legislation that is taken back to states.
Text spam bill passes Arizona House committee
A bill that would ban companies from flooding cell phones users with spam-like text messages has passed an Arizona House committee.
This bill is a form of the ‘do not call list’ for regular phones according to Rep. David Stevens, sponsor of the bill. The concern is that unsolicited messages can be annoying and costly for those who don’t have unlimited text messaging. A violation would be a misdemeanor.
Opponents argue the ban would not recognize companies that have been authorized by cell phone users to send texts.
Another approach by the Federal Communications Commission will soon require a signed written agreement before delivering telemarketing calls and messages. Those against the ban say the state bill is unnecessary because this federal rule is already scheduled to take effect in October.
The texting ban still needs full approval of the House and Senate.