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Bill would allow parents access to kids’ texts

Pending legislation could soon allow Arizona parents to see what text messages their children are sending and receiving.

It currently takes a court order to compel a cellphone company to give parents access to text messages sent to and from their child’s phone, even if mom and dad pay the bill.

The Arizona Republic reports the bill has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and still needs a vote of the full Senate before going to the House and then the governor.

A spokesman for a cellphone industry group says cellphone carriers already offer parental-control tools allowing parents to block or limit text messages.

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