This is a call to action to all bloggers in the state.
Jeannine Crooks, a co-organizer of Front Range Bloggers, needs you to call or e-mail a state senator today to ask them to call up House Bill 1318 for a Senate committee hearing so the measure can be approved and sent to the governor by the end of the day tomorrow, the last day of the legislature.
HB 1318 is a repeal of legislation that resulted in 4,000 Colorado bloggers being dropped from "affiliate" programs by online merchants like Amazon, Hershey and Crayola, to name just a few.
If you think back, you'll remember that then Gov. Bill Ritter and the Democratic legislature, desperate for money to balance the state budget, passed a law that required online merchants to charge Colorado customers state sales tax. Amazon was so opposed to the law that it "fired" all its affiliates, who are online bloggers and website operators who link their customers to larger companies with different products to sell. The affiliates are paid for every click on a link to a larger seller.
"For somebody who is trying to monetize their website," said Crooks, the repeal of the tax law is the biggest issue to arise during the current legislature. "The current bill prevents you from doing that," she added.
The House passed the repeal last week, but the Senate has only the rest of today to have it considered by a committee and passed before adjournment tomorrow. The law passed last year was promoted as a way to raise $5 million in new revenue, but in the year since it was passed only about $20,000 has been collected.
Crooks said Colorado online operators have lost "several millions of dollars in sales that didn't occur" because the law caused so many major retailers to drop Colorado from their affiliate programs.
Here's a list of senators and their e-mails who Crooks said can do something about it. Give them a ping.
Sen. Irene Aguilar - 303-866-4852 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Bob Bacon - 303-866-4841 - email@example.com
Sen. Betty Boyd - 303-866-4857 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Morgan Carroll - 303-866-4879 - email@example.com
Sen. Joyce Foster - 303-866-4875 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Angela Giron - 303-866-4877 - email@example.com
Sen. Lucia Guzman - 303-866-4862 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Rollie Heath - 303-866-4872 - email@example.com
Sen. Mary Hodge - 303-866-4855 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Evie Hudak - 303-866-4840 - email@example.com
Sen. Cheri Jahn - 303-866-4856 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Michael Johnston - 303-866-4864 - email@example.com
Sen. John Morse - 303-866-6364 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Linda Newell - 303-866-4846 - email@example.com
Sen. Jeanne Nicholson - 303-866-4873 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Gail Schwartz - 303-866-4872 - email@example.com
Sen. Brandon Shaffer - 303-866-5291 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Pat Steadman - 303-866-4861 - email@example.com
Sen. Lois Tochtrop - 303-866-4863 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Suzanne Williams - 303-866-3432 - email@example.com