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19 May

ABA Joins Groups Opposing Roll Back of Swipe Fee Reforms

ABA has joined with eight organizations, including the Main Street Alliance and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, in asking Congressional leadership to oppose any attempt to delay swipe fee reform, which is set to take effect in July.

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19 May

ABA Urges Calls to House on Patriot Act

ABA is urging booksellers to immediately contact members of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose a bill that extends provisions of the USA Patriot Act for six years without restoring safeguards to protect the privacy of bookstore and library records.

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12 May

ABA Leadership Meets With 14 Trade Publishers

From May 2 to May 4, ABA President Michael Tucker and President-elect Becky Anderson, together with association CEO Oren Teicher and COO Len Vlahos, met with 14 publishers in New York City.

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12 May

Attempt to Repeal E-Fairness in Colorado Fails; Texas Senate Committee Passes Bill

Sales tax fairness successes continued this week as an attempt to repeal a sales tax fairness law in Colorado failed and the Texas Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed sales tax fairness legislation.

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12 May

ABA CEO to Take Part in National Hardware Show

As part of ABA’s continuing commitment to fostering relationships among independent businesses of all kinds, CEO Oren Teicher will be part of a panel discussion during Independent’s Day at the National Hardware Show on Thursday, May 12, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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05 May

ABA Urges South Carolina to Level Playing Field

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher called on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to support efforts to clarify existing tax laws to require companies with broad networks of online affiliates to collect and remit sales tax to the state.

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05 May

Pennsylvania Holds Hearing on Sales Tax Fairness

On Wednesday, May 4, the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on sales tax fairness. Committee members heard testimony from both opponents and supporters of efforts to ensure that all retailers collect sales tax for online sales.

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05 May

Sales Tax Fairness Victory in Connecticut

On Wednesday, May 4,  Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy signed a state budget into law that includes an affiliate nexus provision requiring remote retailers with broad networks of online affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax.

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03 May

BEA Events Spotlight Free Speech Rights of Kids

Attacks on the free speech rights of children will be the focus of two events on Wednesday, May 25, at BEA. At the first, authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Robie Harris will join librarian Pat Scales for “Book Banning 2011: A Report From the Front Lines of the Battle for Free Speech,” moderated by Joan Bertin of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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28 Apr

South Carolina House Votes Down Amazon Sales Tax Exemption

Independent bookstores and other bricks-and-mortar retailers scored a victory yesterday when the South Carolina House of Representatives defeated an amendment to H3488 that would have given Amazon.com a special sales tax exemption.

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28 Apr

Sales Tax Fairness Moves Forward in Connecticut and Texas

Late last week, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a budget deal that includes an affiliate nexus tax. In Texas, a sales tax fairness bill introduced by Rep. John Otto overwhelmingly passed the Texas House.

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28 Apr

A Q&A With Michelle Ahlmer of the Arizona Retailers Association

Michelle Ahlmer, executive director of the Arizona Retailers Association, discusses the hard work that resulted in Arizona sales tax fairness legislation making significant progress this year, as well as the prospects for next year.

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21 Apr

South Carolina Committee Approves Amazon Sales Tax Exemption; Bill Moves to Senate

ABA is asking member bookstores in South Carolina to call senators in both their store and home districts to urge them to vote “No” on S. 808,  a bill that would provide Amazon.com and QVC with a five-year sales tax exemption.

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21 Apr

Sales Tax Fairness Language Dropped From Arizona Bill

Despite making significant progress in the legislature, it appears that sales tax equity legislation will not come to a vote in Arizona this year.

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21 Apr

ABA Board Encourages Booksellers to Resume Patriot Act Fight

The ABA Board of Directors has sent a special appeal to their fellow booksellers to resume the 10-year-old battle to restore the safeguards for reader privacy that were eliminated by the USA Patriot Act.

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