Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case


Among the other cases the court agreed to hear are those addressing a long-standing Supreme Court precedent regarding out-of-state sales taxes, the constitutional role of Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judges, and what courts must do to back up a decision not to grant a person a proportional sentence reduction under federal sentencing rules.

"We are eager for the chance to present our case before the U.S. Supreme Court", Paxton said, pointing out the Supreme Court past year blocked a lower court's ruling that would have forced a redrawing of at least some of the boundaries, including the Coastal Bend's 27th congressional district.

Meanwhile ecommerce trade group NetChoice says states already have a way to collect taxes on purchases made by residents from out-of-state retailers - they require their own citizens to pay "use" tax for transactions in which out-of-state retailers don't collect the "sales" tax.

Kennedy questioned the 1992 precedent, set in a case called Quill Corp v. "Even if the court rules in favor of a modern sales tax policy, legislation will still be needed to spell out how that would work".

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PIERRE, S.D. ( - Gov. Dennis Daugaard had the following reaction to the Supreme Court accepting South Dakota's case on online sales taxes. "Protecting the free flow of interstate commerce from overreaching state tax laws is critically important to ensure a healthy and vibrant marketplace and economy".

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. Internet commerce platforms Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg challenged the new tax in short order.

They said that the number of taxing jurisdictions in the United States is estimated at between 10,000 and 16,000. Adding to the drama, Bloomberg reports that three of the nine justices - Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Anthony Kennedy - have signaled their opposition to Quill.

The high court will take up the ecommerce taxation case in April, with a ruling expected as early as June.

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The grant of review of the South Dakota case on Friday was among similar grants on ten other cases. And last month it accepted a petition from Maryland Republicans to review the way that state's Democratic leadership redrew the lines of a congressional district held by a GOP congressman.

State Sen. Kel Seliger, an Amarillo Republican who chaired the Senate redistricting committee following the 2010 U.S. Census, said in August that he was puzzled by a federal court ruling to invalidate two congressional districts.

"We are eager for the chance to present our case before the U.S. Supreme Court", said Paxton, a Republican who has argued that the two Texas maps were not meant to discriminate against minority voters.

The high court in September blocked the lower court ruling, which had ordered new maps to be drawn.

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