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Oklahoma business briefs for Feb. 12, 2020

Oklahoma ranks No. 9 for fewest robocalls in 2019

Robocalls are on the rise throughout the country. Nearly half the calls made from U.S. cell phones in 2019 were spam, according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission.

Using data from the Federal Trade Commission's National Do Not Call Registry, a href="" target="_blank">Provision Living analyzed robocall complaints in every state to identify where robocalls are happening the most. In the report they analyze which states had the most robocalls in 2019 as well as the states with the most robocalls since 2015.

Oklahoma was the 9th least called state in 2019. Oklahoma residents filed 47,442 robocall complaints, or 1,218 robocalls per 100,000 residents.

Since 2015, Oklahoma has received the 9th fewest number of robocalls of any state, with 239,775 robocalls, or 6,154 robocalls per 100,000 residents.

Nationwide, robocalls have seen an average increase of 14% since 2015. Oklahoma saw a slightly lower increase in that time period at 12%.

Top types of robocalls in Oklahoma since 2015 include debt reduction, medical & prescription calls and imposters.

Meat protection act clears committee

A proposed state law that aims to require makers of plant-based protein products marketed as meat to clearly denote on their packaging that there is a difference is headed to the Senate.

Senate Bill 1271, authored by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, received a nearly unanimous “do pass” recommendation from members of the Senate Agriculture Committee earlier this week.

The “Oklahoma Meat Consumer Protection Act,” as it is known, would require that packaging for protein-based plant products display language making its origin known using type that “is uniform in size and prominence to the name of the product.”

The only Senator who voted against the do pass recommendation was Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman.

Staff reports