Kentucky Lawmaker Wants Political Calls Banned

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Jimmy Higdon is sick of those automated political telephone calls that always reach an irksome crescendo as Election Day nears.

A Kentucky lawmaker, Higdon, R-Lebanon, isn't just swearing them off in his own re-election bid, he's pushing for a law to outlaw them altogether.

"The number one complaint I heard in the last election cycle was these damn recorded phone calls," he said.

Kentucky just completed a governor's race in November that was rife with the calls, known in the political world as robo calls because they're computer-driven and use recorded voices.

Now the state heads into 2008 elections that will involve races for more than 100 state-level political seats, plus national races for Congress and the presidency. Unless something is done to head them off, Higdon said, Kentucky residents could be deluged by calls over the next year.

If the bill passes, Kentucky would join nine other states - Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Carolina and Wyoming - that have already banned or placed restrictions on such calls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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