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One of the three Democrats running for Missouri's Attorney General stopped in Springfield today to discuss his views on consumer protection. KSMU's Kristian Kriner spoke with all three Democratic candidates about consumer issues and files this report.
Democratic Attorney General Candidate Jeff Harris came to Springfield with a list of ways he will protect Missouri's consumers.
Harris says he plans to protect consumers from utility rate increases and defend consumers against utility companies.
Harris says that he is also wants to focus on the no call list program.
"When I become Attorney General I do intend to expand our state's no call list, to include cell phone users, to include business if they want to sign up for it and to ban automated political 'robo-calls,'" Harris said.
He says he would protect internet users from Spam e-mails and internet fraud.
Harris' opponents in the August 5th primary are Chris Koster and Margret Donnelly.
They are also looking into ways to protect consumers.
Margret Donnelly says she wants to protect consumers by removing all recalled products from the shelves.
Donnelly says she is pushing for product protection for children and adults.
"Also, would like to set up a system where consumers would be able to sign up to receive electronic alerts on recalled products and other potential fraud," Donnelly said.
And, she says she would set up a senior citizen consumer and financial fraud hotline, so they will be able to be informed.
The other Attorney General candidate Chris Koster also says he wants to help senior citizens get the help they need.
Danny Kanner is the communications director for Chris Koster.
He says Koster would like to stop Medicaid fraud and help protect elderly consumers.
"Chris has made his number one priority upon assuming the Attorney General's office to prosecute Medicaid provider fraud and he has made it his number one priority to take on that fraud so that we can reinvest in our Medicaid system," Koster said.
Kanner says Koster is planning to continue Attorney General Jay Nixon's work and expand on what Nixon has already established.
Harris, Koster and Donnelly all assert that there is price gouging at the pump.
They all say one of the most important aspects of consumer protection is to stop price gouging.
For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.