Legislative Alerts

Visa & Mastercard Swipe Fee Settlement

Written on September 21, 2018 at 11:59 am

September 18, 2018 – The (B)(3) class action plaintiffs in the antitrust interchange litigation against Visa and Mastercard reached a settlement agreement yesterday. The settlement only covers monetary damages without any rules changes, and is valued at $6.2 billion, an amount is similar to the previous failed settlement. However, unlike the prior settlement agreement, it […]

Stothert to Ricketts, lawmakers: Online sales tax ‘is not a new tax, but one that is already owed’

Written on July 19, 2018 at 9:17 am

JULIA NAGY/THE WORLD-HERALD Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is renewing her call on state officials to pass legislation that allows Nebraska to begin collecting sales tax on online purchases. The 2019 city budget that Stothert proposed Tuesday includes $1 million in expected revenue from sales tax collected on purchases made from online retailers, but the city […]

Listen to the Supreme Court Online Sales Tax Arguments

Written on May 18, 2018 at 9:22 am

The Supreme Court should have a decision on South Dakota Case in June! Click Here to Listen to the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. case


Written on April 17, 2018 at 9:32 am

WASHINGTON – With the U.S. Supreme Court holding oral arguments today on whether online sellers can be required to collect sales tax the same as local stores, the National Retail Federation said the time has come to update the court’s landmark 1992 ruling on the issue. “This case is largely about whether collecting sales tax […]

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert urges Nebraska lawmakers to reconsider Internet sales tax bill

Written on March 26, 2018 at 10:33 am

By Paul Hammel and Joe Duggan / World-Herald staff writers LINCOLN — Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is making a last-minute pitch to revive a bill allowing collection of Nebraska sales taxes on Internet purchases. The move, in a letter Tuesday, risks ruffling feathers in the office of Gov. Pete Ricketts, a fellow Republican who had […]

Senator Dan Watermeier Makes Online Sales Tax Collection his Priority Bill for 2018

Written on February 21, 2018 at 11:42 am

Sen. Dan Watermeier has prioritized LB44 and amended the bill with a new approach to his proposal from last year to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases by Nebraskans. This new approach takes away the unconstitutional concerns with LB44. The retail industry and state and local governments, who have lost out […]

Sen. Dan Watermeier said he is working on a new approach to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases by Nebraskans.

Written on February 7, 2018 at 12:26 pm


Written on May 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

The Nebraska Retail Federation has been meeting with the Nebraska congressional delegation to retain the existing limits on debit card fees. Below is Tom Wright of Wright’s Jewelers in Lincoln, NE with Congressman Jeff Fortenberry. Full details from NRF. Jim Otto President of the Nebraska Retail Federation with Congressman Don Bacon and staff below. A similar meeting […]

LB44 Advances to Floor of Legislature

Written on March 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  LB 44 would put an end to the unfair advantage online only sellers have over Nebraska retailers by requiring  those remote sellers (like eBay, Overstock.com, etc) to collect and remit Nebraska sales taxes.  Thank you to the following business groups for your support in LB 44. Nebraska Grocery Industry Association Nebraska Association of School […]

Thank You Senator Al Davis!

Written on March 30, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Legislative Resolution 511 – Interim study to examine existing state law governing the collection of sales and use tax on remote sales. Senator Davis has provided outstanding leadership on this extremely important issue which is much appreciated. Local retailers pay local taxes, create local jobs, and support local charities. Yet internet competitors from out of […]

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