In a close vote, Arizona House passes bill that goes after the Apple and Google app stores

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What you need to know

  • The bill was approved, 31-29.
  • It could change how those in Arizona pay for apps.
  • Apple strongly opposes the bill.

In a vote viewed as a setback to Apple, the Arizona House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 31-29 to pass a bill that could change how buyers pay for apps.

According to CNBC, the legislation, which still has challenges ahead before it becomes law, requires app stores to allow app makers to use their own payment processing software for transactions.

Heavily pushed by the Coalition for App Fairness and strongly opposed by Apple and Google, HB 2005 targets the fees associated with the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. Though the bill doesn't specifically target any companies, it's clear those two companies have the most to lose if it becomes law.

Currently, both companies charge developers up to 30% on every app purchase. Under the bill, developers could offer alternative payment processors — at least in the state of Arizona. A similar bill that Apple also opposed was defeated in North Dakota earlier this year.

According to Arizona State Rep. Regina Cobb (R), who sponsored the bill, "I think they have a monopoly on the market right now. There isn't anybody in here that doesn't have a Google Android or Apple phone, I guarantee it."

Arizona State Rep. Diego Rodriguez (D), who opposed the bill, said, "Arizona does not have an interest in this fight. We don't have a dog in this fight, what we need to do is be focused on policies that are protecting consumers. This bill does not protect consumers, it protects a $1 billion company from another billion-dollar company."

It will soon be the Arizona Senate's turn to look at the bill. If approved there, it will go to Arizona Gov. Dough Ducey (R) for his signature or veto.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.