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1. State Senator Loni Hancock of Berkeley unveiled new legislation that would short-circuit a ballot-drive effort by Amazon.com, the Chron reports. The bill would replace a law enacted earlier this year that forces Amazon.com to collect sales taxes from its customers. And Amazon.com would be prohibited from trying to overturn the new bill at the ballot box because Hancock’s legislation requires a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature. Such legislation cannot be overturned by voters.
Hancock and Democrats are also hopeful they can gain the Republican votes necessary to pass the replacement bill because eBay recently expressed support for the new legislation.