H.R.5385 - A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to permit the district courts of the United States to enjoin, suspend or restrain certain State ad valorem property taxes on interstate telecommunications service property, and for other purposes.100th Congress (1987-1988)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Hughes, William J. [D-NJ-2] (Introduced 09/26/1988)|
|Committees:||House - Energy and Commerce; Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 10/03/1988 Referred to Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5385 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (09/26/1988)
Amends the Federal judicial code to prohibit States from: (1) imposing a higher tax assessment ratio upon telecommunications service property than is imposed upon other commercial and industrial property; (2) collecting an ad valorem property tax on telecommunications service property at a tax rate that exceeds the rate applicable to commercial and industrial property in the same assessment jurisdiction; and (3) imposing any other tax that discriminates against a telecommunications common carrier subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission.
Grants Federal district courts concurrent jurisdiction (without regard to the amount in controversy or the citizenship of the parties) to enjoin, suspend, restrain, or set aside such discriminatory tax treatment. Permits relief only if the ratio of assessed value to true market value of telecommunications service property exceeds by at least five percent that of other commercial and industrial property in the taxing jurisdiction.
Expresses the sense of the Congress that any savings accrued by reason of the enactment of this Act should be passed on to consumers.