Now that Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has balanced the division of power on a newly formed Internet tax commission by appointing a county commissioner from Oregon, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties has agreed to drop its federal lawsuit that said the commission was illegally stacked in favor of business interests.

Lott announced yesterday that Netscape CEO James Barksdale will step down from the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce and be replaced by Delna Jones, an elected county commissioner in Washington County, Ore.

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