Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case

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In its brief to the Supreme Court, the National Retail Federation said that software is now widely available that makes it easy for retailers to collect sales tax.

Further extending a drawn-out legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case over whether Texas' congressional and House district boundaries discriminate against voters of color. North Dakota decision is outdated. "ERA continues to strongly believe that the physical presence standard set in the Quill decision stands as the correct Constitutional interpretation and should be upheld", said McClellan. "Unfortunately, antiquated sales tax collection rules have resulted in an uneven playing field that's making it harder for Main Street retailers to compete in today's digital economy". Let Congress finish its job in negotiating an equitable solution that works for all stakeholders. The state needs its tax revenues because its state constitution requires that the state government budget be balanced. The Government Accountability Office estimates that, had they been allowed, states and local governments could have collected as much as $13 billion in additional taxes on online sales. State officials then sent out notices of the tax to a long list of sellers it thought were subject to the tax.

In 2017, the same judges who approved the interim maps in 2012 agreed with the challengers that the maps were the product of intentional discrimination.

State courts predictably struck down the law, citing the Supreme Court's precedent. Texas voters will choose candidates in the March 6 primaries according to the current districts, but the Supreme Court's ruling is not expected until summer, when primary winners will be campaigning in advance of the November general elections. "The action throughout the nation is extensive and complex", the state's appeal said.

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South Dakota began the legal fight by filing suit against four retailers soon after the law was enacted: Wayfair, Overstock.com, Newegg Inc and Systemax Inc.

The grant of review of the South Dakota case on Friday was among similar grants on ten other cases. "Congress should not sit on the sidelines as the Supreme Court considers this case". After a San Antonio court ruled both congressional and state House maps drawn in 2011 were "intentionally discriminatory", the court ordered lawmakers to tweak the maps in 2013, which have since been used in elections - a fix that has been criticized for carrying over some of the discriminatory elements of the 2011 maps.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who has steadfastly defended the way the GOP-run Legislature drew the lines for state House and congressional districts, expressed confidence that the justices will rule in the state's favor.

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