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Senior citizen advocacy groups like a-a-r-p and the silver haired legislature want Missouri lawmakers to close loopholes that allow some businesses to call phone numbers on the do not call list. A panel of state lawmakers is examining the pros and cons of taking away some of the exemptions for these businesses. Paul Nay-Hahn, a manager at the MCI call center in Springfield spoke to the committee during its meeting in Springfield Tuesday. He says telemarketing is essential to MCI.
The do not call list is administered through the office of attorney general Jay Nixon. He says people who have placed their telephone number on the list complain to his office about continuing to receive calls from phone companies like MCI.
MCI and other phone companies must adhere to federal telemarketing regulations and Nay-Hahn says that's enough. He says if lawmakers change state statute and they can't call people on the do not call list, it could mean a workforce reduction.
The interim committee looking into telemarketing practices will prepare a report by the end of December. Members likely will draft legislation that will be up for consideration in the legislative session beginning in January.