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Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act gets support from NRF

BY Dan Berthiaume

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation is supporting the Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act. The legislation was introduced by Senators Michael Enzi, Richard Durbin, Lamar Alexander, Heidi Heitkamp, Susan Collins and Mark Pryor.

The bipartisan bill combines two legislative issues — the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Internet Tax Freedom Act. It would limit the ability of state and local governments to impose Internet access taxes for 10 years, while giving states the ability to enforce their sales tax laws on businesses selling to consumers located within their borders

“The National Retail Federation applauds the introduction of this bipartisan piece of legislation that seeks to level the playing field between local, brick-and-mortar merchants and online retailers without creating or raising taxes,” said David French, SVP government relations for NRF. “We appreciate the leadership of the bill’s sponsors and thank them for renewing their commitment to sales tax fairness. The retail industry has rapidly evolved over the last two decades with e-commerce and mobile commerce, and it is time for Congress to eliminate the sales tax disparity, which disproportionally impacts community and independent retailers.”

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Kimberly-Clark launches GoodNites Tru-Fit

BY Ryan Chavis

NEENAH, Wis. — Kimberly-Clark announced the launch of GoodNites Tru-Fit underwear, a bedwetting management solution. Tru-Fit contains cotton blend with disposable, absorbent inserts. The product washes and feels like regular underwear and provides nighttime protection help keep sheets and pajamas dry, according to the company.

"GoodNites Tru-Fit is an innovative product born from the consumer insight that mom desires greater normalcy in managing bedwetting to help her child feel more confident," said GoodNites senior brand manager Doug Daniels. "Bedwetting is common — and it's our mission for mom and child to have the resources, education and support they need to successfully manage this condition."

GoodNites Tru-Fit is available for purchase now at most national retailers and is designed for boys and girls in sizes small/medium and large/extra-large, with colors and patterns for each size.

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Big week for pharmacy-related issues in Congress

BY Rob Eder

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — There is “something brewing in Congress” these days, NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson wrote in a July 16 newsletter to NACDS chain members. Anderson drew members’ attention to two key Congressional hearings slated for Thursday, July 17, related to critical healthcare issues: a House of Representatives Science, Space & Technology subcommittee hearing on Innovative Medical Achievements, and a joint hearing of subcommittees of the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Technological Advancements in Health Care.

“These hearings follow two hearings last week in the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health — both related to the 21st Century Cures Initiative. NACDS expressed enthusiasm for that initiative — led by House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) — which seeks to advance research that will lead to advanced cures for complex diseases,” Anderson said.

“It is becoming more and more clear that Congress is intrigued with the possibilities that innovation presents for healthcare delivery and patient health,” Anderson said.

For Anderson’s complete comments, click here.

 

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