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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE

L to R: Eric Dell, NAMA SVP of Government Affairs; Sandy Larson, NAMA Sr. Director & Counsel; Sheree Edwards, NAMA Legislative Director; State Rep. Lynne Riley (R-Dist. 50); Kimble Carter, GAMC President; Andrew Long, GAMC Lobbyist.

HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY


NAMA CEO Carla Balakgie Expands Advocacy on Calorie Disclosure — Taking it Straight to the Public
Today, NAMA's CEO Carla Balakgie appeared on Fox Business Network to deliver the industry's message regarding Calorie Disclosure.
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NAMA's Public Policy Conference Briefing Delivers Summary of Advocacy Successes
NAMA recently presented attendees of the 2013 Public Policy Conference (PPC) with a Post Public Policy Conference Briefing.
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Food, Beverage Companies Slash Calories in Obesity Fight
After going 0 for 11 in the states last year and losing again on a state initiative ballot last fall, animal agriculture and GMO labeling campaigners are back with their same old bills because it's the start of a new legislative season in most states. Who says America isn't the land of second chances?
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


CMU Research Says Calorie Counts on Vending Machines Won't Improve Choices
In an effort to help Americans make healthier choices when it comes to snacking, new labeling regulations included in the Affordable Care Act will require vending machines to display calorie information starting in 2014. The problem is, research from Carnegie Mellon University shows menu labeling doesn't appear the reduce consumption, even when consumers are given guidance for how many calories they should be eating.
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Vending Machines to Post Calorie Information As Part of The Affordable Care Act
According to the Associated Press, a new law is proposing that the calorie information of snacks be posted on the outside of approximately five million vending machines nationwide as part of President Barack Obama's health-care law. The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the rules be released early in the new year, along with the new healthcare laws. According to the AP, displaying the calorie information on snacks will lead to Americans making healthier eating choices.
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Healthcare Law to Put Calorie Info on Vending Machines
Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
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Farm Bill in Trouble
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas conceded Thursday that final action on a farm bill conference report is now likely to slip into late January — a major blow to himself and an ominous turn for the bill itself. The draft package combines a landmark rewrite of commodity programs together with cuts from food stamps to generate in the range of $25 billion in 10-year savings, according to preliminary estimates. These accomplishments remain a strong argument for saving the bill. but the persistent in-fighting and delays are taking their toll and a worry for supporters.
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Outlook Dims for Jobless Benefits
Urgent bipartisan negotiations in the Senate to extend emergency unemployment benefits blew up on Thursday, placing the future of the jobless aid in doubt. Republicans and Democrats appear to be at an impasse over how long to extend the benefits and how to pay for the continuation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) further stoked the GOP's anger by preventing Republicans from proposing amendments to legislation reviving unemployment benefits.
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STATE ISSUES


California: Sin Tax Unfairly Targets Soda
Drinking lots of soda is as one of Californians' worst health habits and contributes to the state's costly obesity problem. State Sen. Bill Monning is reviving the pat solution — a soda tax that he says will reduce consumption, cut health care costs and raise hundreds of millions to help fight diabetes and other chronic diseases.
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California: Will Mexico's Soda Tax Spur California?
With a massive experiment underway next door and more research supporting the premise at home, California policymakers may try again to tax sugar-sweetened beverages in the effort to discourage sugar consumption, reduce obesity and raise money.
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Colorado: Exempting Tax on Food in Vending Machines
The Grand Junction City Council has decided to change the tax structure for vending machine companies in the city.
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Hawaii: A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops
From the moment the bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was introduced in May 2013, it garnered more vocal support than any the County Council here had ever considered, even the perennially popular bids to decriminalize marijuana.
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Maine: Maine Governor Signs Bill to Label Genetically Modified Foods
Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that would require food producers to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. The law makes Maine the second state in the country to pass such a measure. However, other states must adopt similar legislation before Maine's labeling provision goes into effect.
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New Hampshire: State Legislative Season Begins Anew With Some Familiar Proposals
After going 0 for 11 in the states last year and losing again on a state initiative ballot last fall, animal agriculture and GMO labeling campaigners are back with their same old bills because it's the start of a new legislative season in most states. Who says America isn't the land of second chances?
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