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The Senate Sergeant at Arms requested a decision regarding whether it should pay a state telephone emergency service charge included on telephone bills for two senators. GAO held that: (1) Arizona state law imposed a vendor tax on companies providing such emergency telephone services; and (2) constitutional immunity did not apply to the companies' passing of that tax on to their customers as a cost of providing such service. Accordingly, the Senate Sergeant at Arms may approve payment of the service charges.


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