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Arizona Senate passes ban on spam text messages

PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has joined the House in passing a ban on
marketers sending unsolicited text messages to cellphones.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Eddie Farnsworth targets marketers that flood
recipients’ phones with offers, forcing them to essentially pay to receive ads.

The House Bill 2312 passed the Senate Wednesday on a 27 to 0 vote.

The House also passed the bill unanimously in a vote last month. It now goes
to Gov. Jan Brewer.

The original bill was amended to allow texts from companies with a business
relationship to the phone’s owner, after phone companies that use the practice

The Republican-controlled Senate turned away a Democratic proposal to include a
ban on texting while driving during a contentious debate last week.


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