Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case

Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case

The justices announced Friday that they will take a challenge to a 1992 precedent which allows states to collect sales taxes only from those companies with a physical presence in their jurisdiction.

No additional districts will be drawn while the Supreme Court mulls the state's appeal. Unfortunately, antiquated sales tax collection rules have resulted in an uneven playing field that's making it harder for Main Street retailers to compete in today's digital economy. In addition to helping grow its members' business opportunities and profitability as a major resource for networking, business tools, and information, ERA is the voice of the direct-to-consumer industry in the nation's capital, working daily to protect the regulatory and legislative climate in an ongoing effort to ensure direct response marketers' ability to bring quality products and services to the consumer.

South Dakota has chafed under that rule, since it has no state income tax and so relies for much of its revenue on retail sales taxes and on "use" taxes.

State lawyers were cheered two years ago when Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the court should "reexamine" the 1992 decision in Quill Corp. v.

Part of the law created to assure a court test of the state's new tax gave the state permission to sue out-of-state retailers who failed to collect and pay. A victory for challengers in either case could place other states' districts in jeopardy as well.

The state argues that the redistricting plan was based on a map approved by the same judges in 2012.

On Friday, the Justices accepted the invitation.

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But online retailers that asked the court to stay out of the Internet sales battles disagreed.

South Dakota began the legal fight by filing suit against four retailers soon after the law was enacted: Wayfair,, Newegg Inc and Systemax Inc.

On the gerrymandering front, the Supreme Court already has heard a challenge to the way Wisconsin Republicans drew legislative district maps.

In a September 2017 ruling, the South Dakota Supreme Court, citing the 1992 precedent, ruled against the state.

The court is likely to decide the case by the end of June, when its current term ends.

The Texas dispute dates back to 2011, when the GOP-dominated legislature created new congressional and state legislative districts to help Republicans, even though the growth in the state's population was nearly entirely attributable to minorities who more often vote Democratic. After a San Antonio court ruled both congressional and state House maps drawn in 2011 were "intentionally discriminatory", the court ordered lawmakers to tweak the maps in 2013, which have since been used in elections - a fix that has been criticized for carrying over some of the discriminatory elements of the 2011 maps.

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