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1. A bill that would force online retailers such as Amazon.com to charge sales tax passed the state assembly yesterday and is now headed for the senate, the LA Times reports. The bill by Democratic Assemblyman Charles Calderon is similar to one authored by Berkeley Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner and is one of three pieces of legislation that address online sales taxes. Both small and large retailers support the measures because they contend that current law gives online businesses an unfair advantage. Amazon.com and Overstock.com have threatened to stop doing business in the state if the tax bills become law.