Here’s how your local state lawmakers voted on legislation last week:
House Bill 4542 — Collect state tax on out-of-state purchases: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To establish a regulatory regime for collecting state sales and use tax on purchases by residents from internet and catalog merchants in other states. This follows the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair that allows states to levy sales and use tax on out-of-state sellers who have more than $100,000 in sales or 200 transactions annually in a state, and creates a collection system that meet standards suggested by the court's ruling. House Bills 4540 and 4541 authorize and create rules for smaller retailers selling into the state through third-party “marketplace facilitators," which is the model used by Amazon.com.