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The Do not Call List could be extended to texting
Eighteen-thousand times a year, that's how many times someone calls the state complaining about a tele-marketer calling them, even though they signed up for the do not call list.
"It's very annoying and I usually just hang up," said Stephanie Williams.
This legislation was created before cell phones and texting were in use. With the changing technology, new complaints are popping up.
Six-hundred people complained to the state about receiving marketing text messages last year, and the number keeps growing.
Those text messages often cost users, who pay by the text.
"Here we are in 2014 and text messaging is more prevalent than ever. It is important we extend the law to text messaging as well," said Rep. Jeff Clemens (D-Palm Beach).
Since the state law waived the fees for Florida's "Do Not Call" list, making it a free service, more than a half-a million people have signed up. The legislation has bi-partisan support. Signing up for the "Do Not Call" list is free, but being on the list won't do you any good unless you are willing to file a complaint when you get unwanted calls, or if the legislation passes, text messages pitching a product or service.
"They don't really bother me as long as when you say no, it's no. But they always want to drag it on," said Amanda Elder.
Once signed up, the "Do Not Call" designation is good for five years.