Update: Stopping robo calls

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Senators indefinitely postponed debating a bill banning automated political phone calls.

A Senate panel was set to discuss the measure Wednesday. But the bill was pulled from the agenda before the meeting.

The state Republican Party wants the bill squashed. GOP officials say the bill infringes on political speech, and they've asked other Republican senators to oppose it.

Senator Larry Martin says he introduced the bill after getting fed up by the robotic calls that bombarded his phone before the January primary. The Pickens Republican says his bill would clear up current law which already bans automatically dialed phone calls.

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