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Marketplace Fairness Act Moves toward Final Vote

Posted By Julie Chiron, University of Denver, Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Act Clears Cloture Vote by 74-20; Final Vote Expected this Week

We reported several weeks ago that the US Senate approved the Marketplace Fairness Act in concept during an amendment vote for the 2014 Budget. At the time Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus (D-MT) expressed his opposition to the bill and his frustration that the amendment had bypassed his Finance Committee and regular order. Legislation on this issue has been in the Senate for many years, so many have argued that the Finance Committee has not been without opportunity to review the bill. We can now follow up that report to say that the bill has been renumbered as S. 743 in an attempt to circumvent the Chairman’s opposition and bring the bill directly to the Senate floor. Majority Leader Reid (D) filed a cloture motion last Friday, which matured at 5:30 pm on Monday. Cloture was invoked by a vote of 74-20. ("Cloture” is a procedural vote that allows Senators to short-circuit a filibuster and set a time certain for debate. As explained by the Congressional Research Service: "Cloture enables Senators to end a filibuster on any debatable matter the Senate is considering. Sixteen Senators initiate this process by presenting a motion to end the debate… Then, for most matters, it requires the votes of at least three-fifths of all Senators (normally 60 votes) to invoke cloture. The primary effect of invoking cloture on a question is to impose a maximum of 30 additional hours for considering that question…. During this 30-hour period, in general, no Senator may speak for more than one hour, [and] amendments must be either pre-approved prior to the cloture vote, or be ruled germane to the bill.”) Thus, debate on the legislation will likely continue the rest of the week, and a final vote is expected sometime on Thursday. We will be watching the debate and vote very closely this week.

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Calling all Colroado technology companies!

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Don't get left out of the 2010 CSIA State of the Industry: Technology in Colorado Directory. The deadline for submission is Sept. 1st.

Have you submitted your companies profile?   For more information including a link to where you submit your company profile go to: www.coloradotechnology.org/?IndustryReport
The deadline to be included in the printed report is September 1, 2010.

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Colorado IT Industry Report

Posted By Laura Gordon, CSIA, Friday, October 30, 2009
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