Attorneys General File Suit to Challenge Association Health Plans

    On August 2, attorneys general from 11 states and the District of Columbia filed suit against the Department of Labor, challenging the Trump administration’s new Association Health Plan rule.

    House Judiciary Committee Hearing Addresses Small Business Concerns Following Wayfair Decision

    The hearing included remarks and testimony from retailers, advocates for tax reform and for small business, and legislators.

    ABFE, Free Expression Organizations Condemn White House’s Attack on Press Freedom

    The groups sent a letter to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders concerning reports that the White House had barred CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from covering a press event on July 25.

    What Does South Dakota v. Wayfair Mean for Retailers?

    In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states can legally collect tax from remote retailers deemed to have “economic nexus.”

    ABA’s E-Fairness Timeline: A Long and Winding Road to Success

    A new E-Fairness Timeline available on ABA’s Advocacy page shows the many ups and downs throughout the long fight to sales tax fairness in which independent booksellers played a leading role.

    ABFE Continues to Campaign for Chinese Bookseller’s Release

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) has sent a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, urging the Chinese government release Gui Minhai, a publisher and bookseller detained by Chinese authorities earlier this year.

     

    Take Action: AIB Releases Local Policy Action Toolkit

    The toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tips for engaging with their city officials and advocating for policies that strengthen and grow local businesses.

    New Report Sheds Light on Amazon’s Contract to Supply Local Governments

    A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance indicates that some government agencies and public schools that purchase from Amazon may be paying more than they should.

    Start Planning for Banned Books Week 2018

    The Banned Books Week Coalition is offering new tools and resources to help booksellers prepare for this year’s celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29. 

    Facebook’s New Political Ad Policy Ends Up Censoring Bookstore’s Author Event Ads

    A Room of One’s Own Bookstore requested to boost Facebook posts to promote two author events only to find that they were rejected on the basis of what Facebook characterized as their “political nature.”

    New Law Frees Smaller Banks From Strict Federal Regulations

    The bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law last month, rolls back some of the strict regulations on banks established by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.

    A Deeper Look at the Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a South Dakota law qualifying remote retailers that have $100,000 or more in sales or 200-plus transactions in the state as having a physical presence.

    AGs Join with FTC, Better Business Bureau to Help Small Businesses Combat Fraud

    Attorneys General for 12 states have joined with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau in a partnership called “Operation Main Street.” 

    Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Sales Tax Fairness

    In a major victory for sales tax fairness, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of South Dakota in a case that will redefine the legal obligation of online retailers regarding sales tax collection, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg

    Trump Administration Releases Rules on Association Health Plans

    The U.S. Department of Labor has released the final rule that will expand access to association health plans (AHPs). AHPs would allow small businesses to band together through a trade association to purchase health insurance across state lines.

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