- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Senate has given initial approval to a bill preventing unwanted automated political telephone calls from pestering Arizona residents.

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.

Senate Bill 1196 supplements the National Do Not Call Registry by allowing Arizonans to block automated calls from political candidate or ballot measure backers or opponents. The list will also be available to other groups that affect election outcomes or legislative action.

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

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

The bill received approval Thursday and now moves to the House.

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