Volume 10 | May 2019
SBCA Gears Up for Satellite and Streaming Tax Fights
SBCA has been working with our partners at DISH Network and AT&T to help prevent a tax on satellite and streaming serves in Illinois. In addition to staff resources and local lobbyists, we have also engaged the local retail network to contact their state legislator urging them to vote "no" on any additional tax on customers. These efforts have proven successful in the past and we are hopeful that they will be so again!
SBCA works to improve state licensing in Arizona
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZROC) announced in 2018 that it would tackle reviewing each contractor license to see if it could be simplified, reduced or even eliminated. SBCA reached out to local legislatures to address the Specialty Dual Contractors Low Voltage Communications Systems License known as CR-67 (for both residential and commercial) which were  burdensome and the testing for the licensing encompassed all low voltage, and in some cases, had outdated technology. We worked with Representative Travis Grantham (to create House Bill 2181 which would allow AZROC to exempt the satellite industry from licensing. Diana Lettkeman of DISH Network, Mr. Knupp and Mike Gardner, SBCA's Arizona lobbyist, all testified before the House in support of the bill. The bill would then be passed in both the House and Senate, and was enacted by Governor Doug Ducey on April 29, 2019. The bill becomes effective 90 days after May 28, 2019, when the legislative session ended in Arizona, which would allow the satellite industry to continue without having extremely burdensome requirements. Also, it will allow technicians from neighboring states to install in Arizona without having to have a license. 
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DISH Network to Buy EchoStar’s Broadcast Satellite Business
DISH Network Corp. reached a deal to buy EchoStar Corp.’s broadcast satellite-service business for about $800 million in stock, as the company brings in-house operations it split off more than a decade ago.