- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would protect residents from getting unwanted calls and text messages to their cellphones from telemarketers.

Senate Bill 2366 would add cellphone numbers to a list that protects people from unsolicited calls that advertise goods or services. The bill would also block telemarketers from texting numbers on that list.

The bill expands a 2003 law that established the list. The Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act is meant to protect personal privacy.

The bill passed the Senate in a near unanimous vote on Feb. 29.

It passed also passed the House in a near unanimous vote Thursday night. The House applauded when the bill was introduced for a vote.

The bill now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for approval.

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