A group of senators has introduced a bipartisan bill governing sales taxes on online purchases and Internet access after previous legislation failed to make progress in the House.

The Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act was introduced by Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Mark Pryor, D-Ark. The bill aims “to restore states’ sovereign rights to enforce state and local sales and use tax laws.” Like its predecessor, the Marketplace Fairness Act, the bill relies on the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, which 24 states and the District of Columbia have signed. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which was backed by several of the same senators, passed in the Senate last year, but has failed to make progress in the House (see Marketplace Fairness Act Stalls in Congress).

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