"Robo calls" driving you nuts?

February 19, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- Annoying automated political calls around election day are targeted by a bill that passed the state Senate Tuesday.

The senators voted 40-9 to crack down on so-called "robo-calls." They adopted a measure that requires a live person to be on the line to get permission before delving into a political pitch. The bill's supporters hope it sends a message that the practice is unacceptable.

The measure now goes to the state House.

At least a dozen states already restrict or ban the calls. And Georgia is among at least a half-dozen states now considering applying their own restrictions.

There are also moves in Congress to expand the federal "do not call" list to allow voters to opt out of unwanted political robo-calls.

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