In its final meeting before submitting its report to Congress by the April 21 deadline, the 19-member Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce voted March 20 in Dallas to support a proposal that no Internet sales taxes be collected until at least 2006 in states where the Internet sellers have a brick-and-mortar presence.

But the vote of 11-1 with seven abstentions tells the story of an acrimonious meeting. Those abstaining, as well as members of Congress, argued that the lack of a “supermajority” — two-thirds — makes the commission’s vote moot.

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