Arizona Senate passes ban on spam text messages

PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate has joined the House in passing a ban on marketers sending unsolicited text messages to cellphones.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Eddie Farnsworth targets marketers that flood recipients' phones with offers, forcing them to essentially pay to receive ads. The bill passed the Senate Wednesday on a 27-0 vote.

The House also passed the bill unanimously in a vote last month and it now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer.

The original bill was amended to allow texts from companies with a business relationship to the phone's owner after phone companies that use the practice complained.

The Republican-controlled Senate turned away a Democratic proposal to include a ban on texting while driving during a contentious debate last week.

The texting spam bill is House Bill 2312 .

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