Missouri Senator Scott T. Rupp (R-02) reintroduced S.B. 484 (S.B. 9 in the last session), 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 once again seek to amend or defeat S.B. 484.

Also, Sen. Jason Crowell (R-27) reintroduced S.B. 477 (S.B. 199 in the last session) and Senator Eric Schmitt (R-15) introduced S.B. 606, identical bills 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 once again seek to amend or defeat S.B. 477 and S.B. 606.

Finally, Senator Will Kraus (R-08) introduced S.B. 594, which would expand the types of numbers that can be added to the state telemarketing do not call list, but not restrict automated research calls. S.B. 594 should have minimal impact on the research profession.