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NJ Assembly Votes to Ban Unsolicited Text Message Ads

Annoying, unsolicited text message advertisements could soon be banned in New Jersey.

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The Assembly voted 78-0 on Thursday for legislation banning messages that may cause a charge or usage deduction. Proponents say that would effectively ban all unsolicited text message ads.

The state Attorney General’s office would receive complaints from consumers and enforce the legislation. The bill applies to text messages sent from anywhere in the world and received in the Garden State.

A 2010 version of the bill was unanimously approved by the Assembly but stalled in the Senate. The Senate has not yet voted on the bill this session.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about a dozen states, including California, Texas and Rhode Island, have laws prohibiting unsolicited text message ads.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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