By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
ST LOUIS — More than 140,000 Missouri residents have registered cell phones on the state’s no-call list.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday signed into law House Bill 1549, which prevents unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages.
The exact count as of 9:45 a.m. Tuesday was 140,307 — a number that continues to grow.
“That’s a big number, and it’s getting bigger every day,” Nanci Gonder, spokeswoman for Attorney General Chris Koster, told Missouri Watchdog. “We think it shows what demand there was for this law.”
The registry is displayed on top of the home page of Koster’s website. People can call (866) 662-2551 to add a phone to the list.
The law covers cell phones used primarily for personal reasons, but it does not cover business phones.
The National Do Not Call Registry is updated each quarter, so anyone signing up by July 31 will be placed on the list Oct. 1. The registriy has more than 1.8 million residential phones in Missouri.