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Marketplace Fairness Act Vote This Week

City Officials Urged to Send Support Letters Immediately

April 22, 2013
Last week, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to a vote on S. 743, the most recent of three Marketplace Fairness Act bills introduced by Congress this year. Sen. Reid’s action made the bill eligible to be heard on the Senate floor this week.
Senators are expected before the vote to offer multiple amendments unrelated to the Marketplace Fairness Act that could preempt local government taxing authority. It is important to urge our representatives to support S. 743, but only in the introduced form. 
The League issued a support letter in March for S. 336/H.R. 684, the first two Marketplace Fairness Act bills introduced this year. All of these bills would require out-of-state merchants to collect use taxes for electronic and mail sales.
The legislation is designed to address the long-standing issue of leveling the playing field between traditional “brick-and-mortar” establishments and Internet sellers, and ensuring the proper collection of state and local taxes. For more background, see the March 22 issue of CA Cities Advocate article “League Supports Federal Marketplace Fairness Act and Amendment into Senate Budget Resolution.”

Take Action

City officials are urged send support letters to their senators asking them to support the passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act on the Senate floor in the introduced form. Urge them to reject all amendments that may preempt local government taxing authority. 

The League’s support letter and a sample support letter are available on the League’s federal webpage.

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