House Panel OKs Internet-Tax Measure


Washington -- A bill that would prevent state and local
governments from taxing the Internet for three years passed the House Commerce Committee
by a unanimous vote last Thursday.

Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), the
legislation would also create a presidential commission to make recommendations to
Congress about how states, cities and towns should tax Internet access, online services
and bandwidth. Originally opposed to Cox's bill, the National Governors'
Association worked out a compromise with the lawmaker to get more state and local
representatives on the commission.

"This has been a bipartisan and bicameral effort from
the get go," Cox said. "While the compromise that we reached in this bill is not
yet reflected in the Senate bill, I am hopeful that we will soon be able to have a
conference and get this bill to the president, who has endorsed it in advance."

States News Service