- Senator Jane Cunningham (R-07) introduced S.B. 53, legislation which would add most automated calls to the state telemarketing do not call registry.

MRA will seek to amend or defeat this legislation, to protect automated research in Missouri.

- Sen. Jason Crowell (R-27) introduced S.B. 199, which would expand the types of numbers that can be added to the state do not call list and would make most automated calls subject to the list. Automated research calls would be exempt from the list if they are, “requesting the residential subscriber's personal opinion regarding a public policy matter, political candidate, or issue before the voters or which may come before the voters, where the request for an opinion is made for a bona fide information-gathering purpose”.

Since this would impede most non-political automated research calls, MRA will seek to amend or defeat S.B. 199.

- Rep. Jake Zimmerman (D-83) introduced H.B. 376, which would add automated calls (for any purpose, including research) to the state telemarketing do not call list.

Since this would impede automated research calls, MRA will seek to amend or defeat H.B. 376.

- Senator Scott T. Rupp (R-02) introduced S.B. 9, which would forbid making an “automated call” to anyone on the state do not call registry.

“Automated call” is defined as “any prerecorded or synthesized voice message resulting from the use of an automatic dialing-announcing device”, although it explicitly excludes calls “From a person or entity requesting the residential subscriber's personal opinion regarding a public policy matter, political candidate, or issue before the voters or which may come before the voters, where the request for an opinion is made for a bona fide information-gathering purpose”. S.B. 9 defines “automatic dialing-announcing device” as “a device that selects and dials telephone numbers and that, working alone or in conjunction with other equipment, disseminates a prerecorded or synthesized voice message to the telephone number called”.

Since this would restrict automated research calls (except political or public opinion polls), MRA will seek to amend or defeat S.B. 9.