Protecting and Securing Thousands of California Jobs
SAN FRANCISCO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today joined Governor Jerry Brown at a signing ceremony for AB 155, compromise legislation that will allow California’s recently-enacted eFairness law to help keep thousands of jobs in the state.
Backed by Assembly Speaker Pérez, AB 155 will temporarily extend implementation of the state's eFairness law while online and brick-and-mortar retailers join together to seek federal legislation. As part of the compromise, Amazon agreed to drop its challenge to California’s eFairness law that requires out-of-state online retailers to begin collecting sales taxes that are legally owed under existing law for purchases by California customers.
"Today, California has moved forward towards achieving fairness," Pérez said. "AB 155 closes a loophole that gives out-of-state online retailers an unfair advantage over stores in California, giving retailers time to achieve a federal solution. Overall, more jobs will ultimately be protected and created within the state."
Speaker Pérez thanked his fellow Assembly negotiators, Assembly Rules Committee Chair Nancy Skinner and Majority Leader Charles Calderon, for their long commitment to eFairness and for their effectiveness in achieving the compromise.
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