The controversial Amazon bill, which has ignited strong debate from both sides in the past three months, is all but set to become law.
The South Carolina House of Representatives voted 90-14 Wednesday to approve the Senate’s changes to the legislation. Those changes included a requirement that Amazon notify customers how much they owe in sales taxes for any purchases from the site.
The bill still has to go through some procedural votes before it heads to the governor’s desk. Governor Nikki Haley has said she opposes the legislation, but will allow it to become law without her signature.
The controversy over the Amazon deal hinged on a “safe harbor” provision that exempted the online retailer from collecting sales taxes on purchases made in South Carolina. Previous Supreme Court decisions have ruled that states cannot collect sales taxes from websites unless the company has a physical presence in the state. The provision would cover Amazon through 2016.
The Senate also put tougher conditions on Amazon to receive the deal. The company would have to maintain at least 1,500 employees over the five-year period. The bill also requires Amazon to hire 2,000 workers by January 2013, a year earlier than the original terms of the agreement.