The House voted Wednesday to give states the power to require employers to allow workers to shop online for goods and services.
The measure, which was co-sponsored by Sens.
Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Tom Udall (D -N.M.), would give employers the option to allow online sales on state-issued ID cards.
Wyden, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been a vocal advocate for expanding the benefits of online sales for federal employees.
The bill, introduced by Wyden in January, received broad bipartisan support.
The vote comes amid a nationwide push by retailers and other companies to allow employees to purchase goods and service online.
Some companies, including Amazon, Target, Walmart and Kohl’s, have said they would welcome online sales of goods and goods online.
The House measure is the latest effort by lawmakers to address a growing number of employers’ concerns about the costs and burdens of online shopping.
The Senate version of the bill would allow workers who earn less than $125,000 to opt out of having to pay state sales taxes for online purchases.
The proposal is expected to pass the Senate.
Read more from The Hill here: http://www.thehill.com/homenews/articles/184727-bill-to-give-states-the-power-to+allow-employees-to-+shop+online+for+gifts-and+services-2#ixzz3kpDVp4D