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    President Trump Signs Executive Order Allowing Association Health Plans

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on October 12 to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), allowing small businesses to band together through a trade association to buy health insurance.

    Survey Aims to Assess Changing Retail Landscape

    ABA is encouraging booksellers to complete a new survey from the Advocates for Independent Business that seeks data that can contribute to larger media and public policy discussions.

    South Dakota Supreme Court Rejects State Attempt to Collect Online Sales Tax

    On Thursday, September 14, the Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota ruled that the state cannot force remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax if they do not have nexus in South Dakota.

    Amazon Seeks Second HQ and Tax Incentives in Exchange for Jobs

    Late last week, Amazon issued a request for proposals as it looks to build a $5 billion second headquarters somewhere in North America.

    AIB Launches Survey to Assess Changing Retail Landscape

    The Advocates for Independent Businesses recently launched a survey to assess how indies are being impacted by changes in the retail business. ABA is encouraging booksellers to complete the survey.

    FTC Clears Way for Amazon Purchase of Whole Foods

    On Wednesday, August 23, the Federal Trade Commission announced its determination that Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods would not harm competition.

    Time to Rethink Antitrust Enforcement?: Lina Khan on Amazon and Market Dominance

    Here, New America’s Lina Khan discusses Amazon, U.S. antitrust law, and the online giant’s role in the book industry.

    Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

    Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2017 Banned Books Week display kit.

    Washington Post Columnist Posits: Is Amazon Getting Too Big?

    On July 28, the Washington Post — which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos — published an in-depth piece by columnist Steven Pearlstein detailing antitrust concerns over Amazon’s growth.

    Memo to Politicians: Bargaining for an Amazon Warehouse? Turn the Tables!

    In a recent article published in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report: State, Good Jobs First Director Greg LeRoy discusses how Amazon has gained market share through the receipt of tax incentives.

    Amazon’s Proposed Purchase of Whole Foods Stirs Antitrust Questions

    Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods has raised concerns about antitrust issues among lawmakers as well as advocacy and retail groups.

    Labor Department Abandons Obama Administration Overtime Rules

    The U.S. Department of Labor has decided not to challenge a November injunction blocking an overtime rule that would have doubled a worker’s exempt status.

    Congressman Calls for Antitrust Hearing on Amazon’s Whole Foods Purchase

    Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is calling for a hearing on Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods.

    Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship Announced

    The new Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, to be managed by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, will honor the late Carla Gray of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    ABFE Director Chris Finan to Leave ABA

    American Booksellers for Free Expression Director Chris Finan is leaving the American Booksellers Association to become the National Coalition Against Censorship’s new executive director.

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