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Introduced in the Senate on February 5, 2004
Introduced in the House on March 9, 2004
Adopted by the General Assembly on April 15, 2004
Summary: Internet access tax
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/5/2004 Senate Introduced SJ-6 2/5/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on General SJ-6 2/26/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable General SJ-19 3/1/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 3/4/2004 Senate Adopted, sent to House SJ-16 3/9/2004 House Introduced HJ-11 3/9/2004 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-11 4/14/2004 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-65 4/15/2004 House Adopted, returned to Senate with concurrence HJ-33
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
April 14, 2004
S. Printed 4/14/04--H.
Read the first time March 9, 2004.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 927) memorializing the Congress of the United States to pass a permanent ban on internet access taxes, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
ROBERT W. LEACH, SR. for Committee.
MEMORIALIZING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO PASS A PERMANENT BAN ON INTERNET ACCESS TAXES.
Whereas, in 1998, and extended in 2001, Congress enacted the Internet Tax Freedom Act in order to protect consumers that used the Internet and encourage more individuals to access the Internet; and
Whereas, the legislation eliminated taxes on Internet access, double-taxation of a product or service bought over the Internet, and discriminatory taxes that treated Internet purchases differently from other types of sales; and
Whereas, the moratorium on Internet access taxes led to the rapid growth of the Internet which in turn brought good economic news; and
Whereas, we live in an age of innovation, where the medium of the Internet is sparking a sharp increase in entrepreneurship and opportunity, the likes of which have not been seen since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution; and
Whereas, enacting a tax on Internet access will do significant damage to the United States economy and decrease the standard of living for all Americans; and
Whereas, on September 17, 2003, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a permanent ban on all Internet access taxes; however, when the bill came to the Senate floor, pro-Internet tax Senators used parliamentary and other underhanded procedural tricks to force supporters of the legislation into negotiations; and
Whereas, opponents of a tax-free Internet used the negotiations to stall and stop final passage of a permanent ban on Internet access taxes in order to achieve their true desire and tax the Internet. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That by this resolution, the members of the General Assembly memorialize the Congress of the United States to pass a clean, permanent, and technologically neutral extension of the Internet tax moratorium.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to all members of this state's Congressional Delegation.
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