California Bans Cell Phone Spam
Sep. 23, 2002
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ California Gov. Gray Davis has signed a bill that will ban companies from sending unwanted text messages to cell phones.
The bill was part of what Davis called a package of ``leave-us-alone legislation.''
``We have a little home office and I'm constantly getting unwanted ads there,'' Davis said last week after signing the bill.
The bill's author, Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City, said the bill will stop so-called spam text messages from getting as out of control as spam e-mail.
Other bills included in the package will ban unsolicited faxed advertisements and changes to the state's do-not-call list for telemarketers.
The laws go into effect in January.