Nashville: House sponsor mum on delay of Amazon bill

NASHVILLE - A Cleveland, Tenn., state lawmaker confirmed this afternoon that the House sponsor of a bill to force Amazon.com to collect sales tax on Tennessee purchases is planning to shelve the bill for this year.

"That's my understanding," said state Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland.

Earlier today, sponsor Rep. Charles Sargent, R-Franklin, wouldn't comment on reports that he would delay the bill in a subcommittee meeting this afternoon.

"I cannot confirm or deny that at the present time," said Sarget, House Finance Committee chairman Charles Sargent. "We'll know in budget sub[committee[ at 2 p.m. [CDT]"

An Amazon official has warned that passage of the bill could cause the Internet retailing giant to abandon the warehouses it is building in Chattanooga and in Bradley County.

The bill is scheduled to come up in the Senate Finance Committee later this afternoon where the panel's chairman, Sen.