PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A bill that would ban cell phone text messages that are sales pitches under Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call list has been approved by a Pennsylvania House committee.

Text messages are already covered under the federal Do Not Call registry but House Republican Seth Grove of York County wants the extra protection of adding them to Pennsylvania’s registry.

Grove says he gets complaints about it, “my parents – foremost. But I’ve had plenty of constituents coming in. It’s kind of new, but I see it taking off.”

Grove’s bill on cell phone text spam is not slated for House consideration this week but another Grove measure, one that would tackle “sexting” by minors, is on the agenda.

Grove unsuccessfully championed the issue in the last two-year session. The House this week is also expected to take up legislation dealing with distracted drivers and tougher regulations for junior drivers, and a measure to create tougher standards for abortion clinics that some critics fear could force clinics to shut down.

Reported By Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio.

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