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"Do Not Call" List for Politicians Proposed in Arizona

The national "do not call" registry can protect you from telemarketing calls, but one Arizona lawmaker wants you to have the option to avoid calls from pesky politicians, too.

Republican Senator John Kavanagh is proposing a political "do not call" list in the state, which would allow citizens of the state to opt out of pre-recorded "robo-calls" from politicians during election season.

"Complaints against street signs are dwarfed by the outrage that people have -- especially as you get to close to election day -- with the tsuani of recorded political calls their homes are swamped with," Kavanagh tells New Times.

Kavanagh says he sees benefits for the people who don't want these calls, as well as benefits for politicians who don't want to anger a potential voter.

"Even the [politicians] realize that when you send your message to someone who is irate, you don't gain a vote, you lose a vote," he says.

Specifically, the language of the bill says the "do not call" list would preclude someone from calling a person "in an attempt to influence the outcome of a election."

Someone who violated this law would be "subject to enforcement action by the attorney general," according to the language of the bill.

Kavanagh tells us he doesn't see a valid free speech claim against his proposal, and adds that he hasn't gotten any negative feedback on the bill from fellow politicians.

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