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19 Aug

Arizona Bookseller Addresses State's Immigration Law

Changing Hands co-owner Gayle Shanks has spoken out against Arizona's new immigration law, and her customers are largely supportive.

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19 Aug

NCIBA, SCIBA, & ABA Urge Support of E-Fairness Provision in CA's Proposed Budget

This week, the American Booksellers Association, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, and Southern California Independent Booksellers Association reached out to their respective California members in support of an e-fairness provision in California's proposed budget. The groups urged their bookseller members to contact their lawmakers and to ask them to support the sales tax fairness provision.

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12 Aug

ABA Urges Connecticut Attorney General to Shift Focus

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher wrote to Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut attorney general, to urge him to refocus his office’s recently announced inquiry into agreements between the industry’s major publishers and Amazon.com and Apple, Inc.

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05 Aug

ABA Responds to New Republic's "In Defense of Amazon"

ABA CEO Oren Teicher recently sent a Letter to the Editor of The New Republic in response to Senior Editor Ruth Franklin's piece "In Defense of Amazon."

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04 Aug

Booksellers Urged to Join Banned Books Week Celebration

 The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is urging ABA members to join with hundreds of other bookstores and libraries across the country to publicize attacks against the freedom to read by participating in Banned Books Week, this year from September 25 – October 2.

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29 Jul

Rep. Delahunt Urges Passage of Main Street Fairness Act

This morning, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Rep. William Delahunt joined with a bipartisan group of state lawmakers and small business owners to urge passage of the Main Street Fairness Act (H.R. 5660).

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21 Jul

Financial Reform Bill Signed Into Law With Swipe Fee Amendment

On Wednesday, July 21, President Obama signed into law a sweeping financial reform bill that, among other changes, would regulate swipe fees charged by banks for debit-card transactions.

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14 Jul

ABA Urges Booksellers to Support Main Street Fairness Act

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher thanked Rep. William Delahunt for introducing the Main Street Fairness Act, and he encouraged booksellers nationwide to write to their legislators to express support for the bill.

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13 Jul

Bookstores, ABFFE Sue to Block Internet Censorship Law

On Tuesday, July 13, a coalition including the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, Harvard Book Store, and Porter Square Books filed suit to block a broad Massachusetts censorship law that bans constitutionally protected speech on the Internet.

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08 Jul

Rep. Delahunt Introduces Sales Tax Fairness Bill

Rep. William Delahunt has introduced the Main Street Fairness Act, which would authorize the 24 states that are part of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax on orders in their states.

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30 Jun

Booksellers Asked to Contact Candidates Re Sales Tax Fairness

ABA is asking member booksellers in the states that collect sales tax but that do not currently have e-fairness laws to urge both gubernatorial and state legislative candidates to make sales tax fairness a part of their agenda.

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24 Jun

Reader Privacy Advocates Welcome News of Increased Patriot Act Oversight

The Campaign for Reader Privacy (CRP) and other civil liberties advocates were heartened to learn last week that U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine has agreed to a request from Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to conduct a new investigation regarding how the government is using USA Patriot Act domestic surveillance powers.

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24 Jun

Lawmakers Agree to Limit Debit Card Fees

After Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that an agreement had been reached among Senate and House leaders that regulations on swipe fees would remain in proposed financial reform legislation, bankers began bombarding Congress in opposition. 

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24 Jun

ABA Launches New Phase in Its Sales Tax Fairness Campaign

A wide array of associations, led by ABA, will begin reaching out this week to gubernatorial candidates about the need for sales tax fairness. ABA is asking its member booksellers in the states that collect sales tax but that do not currently have e-fairness laws to help with the effort.

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10 Jun

Broad Coalition Urges House to Support Regulation of Swipe Fees

This week, ABA joined with more than 200 national and state organizations representing a diverse array of small businesses to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to support an amendment to regulate swipe fees charged by banks for debit-card transactions.

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