Bill that would have “destroyed iPhone as we know it” shot down in North Dakota SenateFebruary 17, 2021
Bill that could have banned the App Store in North Dakota fails to pass the State Senate by a vote of 11-26
Meghan DiMuzio, executive director of The Coalition for App Fairness released a statement: “The North Dakota bill is supported by the Coalition for App Fairness as a whole. Epic Games is a member of CAF, as are more than 50 additional companies. This is a broadly supported bill. Lacee Anderson works for Epic, Match, and CAF.”
In what is good news for Apple, the bill failed to move on in North Dakota after a less than competitive 11-26 vote count on Tuesday. It really wasn’t a surprise to those who got a glimpse of the North Dakota Senate Floor Calendar where it stated that committee recommendations called for the bill to die on the floor of the Senate.
But Apple is not totally in the clear. The Times adds that similar legislation is being considered in Georgia and Arizona while in Massachusetts a similar bill could be introduced. Wisconsin and Minnesota are discussing legislation centered around app stores.
Had the bill passed in North Dakota and was voted into legislation, Apple might have been forced to disable the App Store in the state. In fact, last week when the bill was being debated on the North Dakota state Senate floor, Apple’s chief privacy engineer, Erik Neuenschwander, testified that the bill “threatens to destroy iPhone as you know it.” Not that Apple needs to worry at this precise moment, but should a bill like the one voted down by the North Dakota Senate ever pass, Apple could decide to simply stop taking that 30% cut of in-app purchases to free itself of all this trouble. But Sensor Tower calculates that Apple and Google collected a combined $33 billion last year from their 30% cut of in-app purchases and a payday like that is hard to give up.