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Andy Wright, president of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association, wrote state lawmakers in the Arizona Legislature about his opposition to a bill that would impose a tax on the state's satellite TV viewers.

Wright said the bill would impose an "unfair and anti-competitive" 5 percent transaction privilege tax on Arizona consumers who receive satellite TV. He urged members of Arizona's House of Representatives to oppose the legislation.

"This legislation, supported by cable providers, is anti-competitive because it seeks to use Arizona tax policy to shore up cable's falling market share by taxing only consumers who have abandoned cable for the superior quality, choice, service and digital signal provided by satellite," Wright said.

As of press time, the bill was still in the Arizona House. The State Senate passed the bill on a 16-13 vote.

In another association move, the SBCA said David T. Murray has joined the organization as vice president of government affairs. Murray will lead the association's government affairs activities on Capitol Hill, before the Federal Communications Commission and with the administration.

Prior to joining the SBCA, Murray led Winstar Communications' government affairs activities on Capitol Hill. Before joining Winstar, he was director of legislative affairs for the Personal Communications Industry Association and served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas), advising the Congressman on telecommunications, defense, energy, commerce, labor space and science issues.

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