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Legislative Action Center

The 110th Congress is working on a variety of issues relating to network neutrality, cell phone consumer protection, community broadband, PEG programming availability, public safety spectrum, universal service, satellite tax, as well as holding a host of hearings on these and oversight issues. Be sure to visit NATOA’s Legislative Action Center for the latest information on what Congress is up to.

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On The Hill

Marketplace Fairness Act Introduced in Senate and House

February 22, 2013 10:29 AM
A bipartisan group of 53 Senators and Representatives has introduced legislation that would allow local brick-and-mortar retailers to compete more effectively against out-of-state internet sellers. The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 would give states the option to require the collection of sales and use taxes already owed under State law by out-of-state businesses.


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National Associations Send Letters Regarding Proposed Cybersecurity Legislation

May 9, 2012 2:19 PM
On May 9, NATOA, along with the American Public Works Association, Council of State Governments, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, National Association of State Chief Information Officers, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Emergency Management Association, National League of Cities, and the US Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers, submitted letters to House and Senate leaders outlining some key state and local government principles and values concerning proposed cybersecurity legislation.  As critical stakeholders in national cybersecurity efforts, we urged that the federal government avoid imposing unfunded mandates on state and local partners; advocated collaborative public educational efforts; and the maintenance of civil liberties and privacy for all citizens.

Click HERE to read the letter. 

Vote No on HR1002 - Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011

October 31, 2011 1:17 PM
On October 27th, NATOA, along with its national local government association partners, sent a letter to every member of the US House of Representatives asking that they oppose the “Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011” (HR 1002).  The bill, which is expected to be voted on the week of October 31st, would severely limit state and local taxing authority over wireless goods and services.  NATOA strongly urges its members to contact their Representatives and tell them to vote “NO” on HR 1002.  Click here to read the letter.   

NATOA Call to Action re: Letter in Opposition to Wireless Tax Bill

October 28, 2011 12:53 PM

This letter was sent yesterday to all House members in opposition to the “Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011” (HR 1002).  The bill is expected to be voted on by the full House early next week.  The legislation would severely limit state and local taxing authority over wireless goods and services.  NATOA strongly urges its members to contact their Representatives and tell them to vote “NO” on this bill.  The letter was sent on behalf of NATOA, NLC, NACo, ICMA, USCM, and GFOA.   

Cell Phone Tax Letter 102711.pdf

NATOA Sends Letter Opposing Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011

July 13, 2011 7:23 PM
On July 13, NATOA, along with its national local government partners, sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee members in opposition to the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1002).  The letter reflects our associations’ long-standing opposition to federal intrusion into state and local taxing authority.  If enacted, the bill would impose a 5-year moratorium on new “discriminatory” taxes on mobile services and property. 

Read the letter here 

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