BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : APRIL 24, 2000 ISSUE
GOVERNMENT

Whatever Techies Want


WHAT THEY'VE WON

IMMIGRATION
More visas for foreign high-tech workers

INVESTOR LAWSUITS
Tighter limits on when shareholders can sue after stock prices plunge

INTERNET TAXES
A three-year ban on taxes

Y2K LAWSUITS
Curbs on corporate liability for Year 2000 computer glitches

EXPORT CONTROLS
Relaxation of restraints on exports of computers and encryption technology to politically sensitive nations

R&D TAX BREAK
Five-year extension of the tax credit for research and development

ONLINE COPYRIGHTS
Piracy protection for software, music, and literary works on the Internet


WHAT THEY'RE AFTER

CHINA TRADE
Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Beijing

IMMIGRATION
Yet another hike in the number of visas for foreign high-tech workers

ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES
A national standard for the electronic equivalent of written signatures

EXPORT CONTROLS
Limiting the time Congress may review any easing of curbs from six months to 30 days

ONLINE PRIVACY
Defeat of legislation to protect consumer information on the Internet

ACCOUNTING RULES
Preservation of ''pooling of interests'' rules that make it more advantageous for tech companies to merge

STOCK OPTIONS
Defeat of a proposal to make repricing of stock options an accounting expense



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