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Attorney General joins fight against "robo-dialers"

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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is joining the effort of pressing Congress to oppose the Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011.  

The Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011 [H.R. 3035] would amend the Communications Act of 1934 and allow for robo-calling to all cell phones, leaving consumers to foot the bill.

This bill would allow debt collectors and other businesses to place automated calls to cell phones, impacting  those who pay by the minute or  have a limited number of minutes available.  Since businesses often have the wrong contact information,  customers could be paying for repeated  robo-calls for accounts that are not their own.

"This federal legislation will adversely affect South Dakotans' privacy," said Jackley. "This legislation would allow robo-call messages to be sent to South Dakotans that do not want these calls and in return require charges. Congress simply needs to hang up on this telephone bill." 

Citizens can voice their opinion on the proposal by contacting their representative or by voting on Popvox's nonpartisan website.  Popvox will also forward consumers' comments to members of Congress.

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