Arizona voters are not going to get any relief from phone calls around election time.
On a 6-4 vote Tuesday night, the House Government Committee killed a proposal to let people sign up for a “do not call” list that would be made available to politicians.
Unlike the federal “do not call” list restricting telemarketing calls, this one would be voluntary. Incumbents and challengers would be free to ignore the wishes of those on the list and dial them up anyway.
Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said it has to be that way because the First Amendment bars the government from interfering with free speech.
But Farley said the initiative would cut down unwanted calls as many politicians, fearing a voter backlash, would be loathe to bother those who don’t want to hear from candidates.
The measure was opposed by Kevin Tyne, deputy secretary of state, whose office would be required to compile the list. He said having a law that politicians can ignore is worse than having no law.