The Los Angeles Times reports that a group of California legislators are attempting to create a so-called “urgency bill,” a measure which the newspaper says “would nullify the existing law” and in turn invalidate Amazon’s voter petition.
According to the LA Times, eBay has already shifted its support to the new political effort. That could leave Amazon standing alone its fight against the collection of sales tax. Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Amazon had committed another $2.25 million to the More Jobs Not Taxes campaign, bringing total funding in the campaign to more than $5 million..
An urgency bill requires a two thirds majority vote, and the LA Times says its unclear whether the California legislators supporting the measure have the votes to pull it off.
The Times notes that Amazon has few options, either try to push forward with the referendum or challenge the law in court.
The matter is causing some confusion among California residents.
“I’m not sure whether to be mad at Amazon or the state or both. I’m kind of mad at both,” former Amazon affiliate Beth Terry tells the LA Times. Here’s more on the issue from the Fresno Bee, which calls the effort a “legislative sleight of hand.”