- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Senate committee has taken steps to prevent unwanted automated political telephone calls from pestering Arizona residents.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass the legislation on Thursday.

Senate Bill 1196 supplements the National Do Not Call Registry by giving Arizonans the ability to block automated calls from political candidate or ballot measure backers or opponents.

Republican sponsor Sen. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills says residents who don’t want to receive “robocalls” can sign up for a political ‘do not call’ list on a state website or by mail.

The bill has no penalties for those that violate the list.

Kavanagh says many people and groups will voluntarily comply with the list so penalties aren’t necessary.

The bill moves to a floor vote pending a standard constitutional review.

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