What you need to know
- HB2005, which was on the Arizona Senate's agenda today, was never debated.
- Neither Apple nor lawmakers are commenting on why the bill didn't make its way to debate.
The Arizona State Senate was supposed to meet and vote Wednesday to decide the fate of a bill that would have caused immense changes to how Apple and Google's app stores operate, but it has seemed to vanish out of thin air.
As reported by The Verge, the outlet was watching the debate of other bills live but HB2005, which would have forced Apple and Google to allow developers to use their own payment systems, never popped up for debate despite it being first on the agenda.
Shortly after the session ended Brittany Gibson, a fellow at The Prospect, said that the bill had been held without explanation.
the Arizona state senate commerce committee just announced its holding HB 2005, the app store reform bill, so there won't be any vote todaythe Arizona state senate commerce committee just announced its holding HB 2005, the app store reform bill, so there won't be any vote today— Brittany Gibson (@brittanyagibson) March 24, 2021March 24, 2021
One notable Apple critic, David Heinemeier Hansson, has taken to Twitter to accuse Apple of backroom dealing in order to kill the bill. Heinemeier Hansson, who had submitted testimony in support of the bill, is also the founder of the popular coding language Ruby on Rails and the email service Hey email.
Doesn't mean it's guaranteed that it's over in Arizona, but hot diggity damn. Seeing how the corru... I mean.. lobbying works this close and this brazenly is something else. But Apple can't buy all the legislators in all the states. Refuse to believe that.Doesn't mean it's guaranteed that it's over in Arizona, but hot diggity damn. Seeing how the corru... I mean.. lobbying works this close and this brazenly is something else. But Apple can't buy all the legislators in all the states. Refuse to believe that.— DHH (@dhh) March 24, 2021March 24, 2021
The bill, which would have required Apple and Google to allow payment systems outside of their own for apps in their respective App Stores, had passed the Arizona House of Representatives at the beginning of this month. But the bill now seems up in the air for the Senate with Apple and lawmakers not responding to requests for comment.
This is a developing story and we will update it if lawmakers or Apple releases a statement.
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