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Vermont Supreme Court Hears Lobby Tax Arguments.

The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments in the dispute involving the Vermont Society of Association Executives, Montpelier, and seven other associations that sued the state in 1997 after the enactment of a sweeping campaign finance law that singled out lobbyists and taxed them based on the amount they spent on political speech. In a November 1999 decision, the Washington (County) Superior Court of Vermont held in favor the plaintiffs, stating that the tax violates both the Vermont and U.S. constitutions. That trial court decision was favorable to the associations--holding the law to be unconstitutional on several different grounds. The court also enjoined the state from collecting the tax pending the state's appeal.
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Title Annotation:Vermont Society of Association Executives
Publication:Association Management
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2001
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