In heated debate Wednesday over controversial legislation
aimed at taxing purchases from out-of-state online retailers, Sen. Shawn Mitchell
, R-Broomfield, argued that a proposed amendment to failed to fully guard purchaser privacy. He offered examples. Would you want a government bureaucrat to know that a Sen. John Morse
spent money for products from Pfizer
pharmaceuticals or from lingerie retailer Fredrick's of Hollywood
? he asked, chiding his Democratic colleague. Mitchell said it was one thing to open up your bookstore spending to the state but spending on drugs, for example, or "domestic pleasure appliances" would be something else.