Meeting Public Comments

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A bill for an act relating to the disclosure of specified information in connection with designated online marketplace transactions and including effective date provisions. (Formerly HSB 687.) Effective date: 01/01/2023.
Subcommittee members: Johnson-CH, Bolkcom, Rowley
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Room G17
Comments Submitted:
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Ruthie Barko [TechNet]
Thank you for considering TechNets perspective on HF 2401. On behalf of its membership, TechNet must continue to respectfully oppose this bill to avoid an unworkable state patchwork of laws with which marketplace platforms, and the small businesses and individuals that sell on them, would need to comply. We wish to highlight the federal H.R. 5502, the INFORM Act currently part of the America COMPETES package which recently passed the U.S. House. While we understand some lawmakers reluctance to wait on federal action, TechNet and its members believe strongly that the best approach is a federal standard. A federal standard avoids a mismatched patchwork of state laws that would prove difficult to comply with for online platforms and the small business and individuals that sell on them. We also would like to highlight that implementing INFORM at the state level will not solve organized retail theft. To truly combat the everadapting ways that criminalsfind ways to commit these crimes, state investment into organized retail crime task forces such as in Illinois, Utah, Arizona, and Connecticut, should be considered aspart of a comprehensive solution to addressing organized retail theft.