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Intergovernmental Affairs Committee

Making Main Street Fair


Saturday, May 19
8-10 a.m.



States' ability to tax Internet-based transactions has remained a topic of heated debate in the 20 years since the Supreme Court ruled that states could not compel merchants without "substantial nexus" within their boundaries to collect and remit sales taxes. Three separate bills that could allow states to begin imposing sales taxes on Internet transactions are working their way through Congress. This session will include discussion of those bills and the potential impact any legislation may have on state budgets.




Senator Luke Kenley
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Representative Ross Hunter
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Speaker Bios

Senator Luke Kenley
Kenley has served in the Indiana Senate since 2002. He is the current chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and also serves on the Education & Career Development and Tax & Fiscal Policy committees. Prior to his legislative service, Kenley served as a Noblesville, Ind. city court judge for 15 years. He is a graduate of Miami University and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Representative Ross Hunter
Ross Hunter is a five-term legislator from the 48th District and currently serves as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.  In the past, he was named legislator of the year by both the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs and the Washington Toxics Coalition. Hunter, a graduate of Yale University, retired from Microsoft in 2000 after 17 years of service ranging from program manager for Microsoft Access to general manager of the Microsoft Commercial Internet System.