10/21/11 – It would be against the law for unwanted telemarketers to send text messages to cell phones, under a bill endorsed by a state Senate committee this week. The law would apply to those on the state’s do-not-call list. Telemarketers are barred from phoning those on the list. And Senate Republican Van Wangaard of Racine proposed that the same thing apply to text messages – especially because most cell customers pay for those incoming messages. The full Senate is expected to act on the bill next week. While the do-not-call law applies to most solicitors, non-profit groups and political candidates can still make phone pitches – and so can companies that you’ve done business with. Highway Bills Glide Through Legislature 10/21/11 – It could soon get easier to transport products on Wisconsin highways, after five bills were passed yesterday. Democrats joined majority Republicans in okaying the measures. One would allow trucks that carry farm products to be 15-percent heavier in December than what’s now allowed. Another bill lets semi-trucks carry larger loads of hay and straw. And one of the other measures would increase the allowable length of vehicles used by utilities-and-pipeline companies. The G-O-P says the bills will create jobs and improve the economic climate – something Democrats have accused the G-O-P of dragging its feet on.