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Food labeling: Nutrition labeling for food sold in vending machines
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The FDA has recently mentioned a timetable for release of rules pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (The Act), which was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The Act requires the Secretary (and by designation, the FDA) to establish by regulation requirements for calorie labeling of article for food sold from covered vending machines. On Jan. 8, 2013, the Federal Register stated that the Final Action on the Rule could take place by April 2013. The NAMA Government Affairs Division will continue to monitor this issue and determine whether this new date is flexible or mandatory for the release of the rules. Please remember, once the rule is released, there may be a time period for compliance. At this time, we are not sure what that time period will be. For further information, please contact Eric Dell at edell@vending.org.


Federal debt limit
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The House passed the "No Budget No Pay Act of 2013" on Wednesday, Jan. 21, by a bipartisan vote of 285–144. The act, forwarded to the Senate for consideration, provides a three-month extension of the debt limit and pressures lawmakers to adopt a budget or have their pay withheld. The extension would suspend the statutory debt limit and grant the Department of the Treasury the additional borrowing authority needed to meet obligations that require payment. The bill directs both chambers of Congress to adopt a budget resolution for fiscal year 2014 by April 15, 2013. "If either body fails to pass a budget, members of that body would have their paychecks put into an escrow account starting on April 16 until that body adopts a budget. Any pay that is withheld would eventually be released at the end of the current Congress even if a budget doesn't ever pass." For further information, please contact edell@vending.org.



Arizona: Legislative breakfast scheduled for Feb. 21
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The Arizona Automatic Merchandising Council will hold a legislative breakfast on Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m. at Tom's Tavern in Phoenix. One of the major efforts of the Governor of Arizona for 2013 is to simplify the sale tax system in Arizona. The speaker for the legislative breakfast is Majority Whip Rick Gray, who will talk with AAMC about these efforts. For more information, contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


Massachusetts: Healthy choices in vending machines
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MA HD 1693, introduced on Jan. 17, relates to expanding access to healthy food choices in vending machines on state property. NAMA and the Massachusetts Vending Association will monitor and report on this legislation. For more information, please contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Mississippi: Bill would reserve the power to regulate nutrition labeling
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House Bill 143, introduced on Jan. 11, would reserve the power to regulate nutrition labeling of food and nonalcoholic beverages on menus in restaurants, food establishments and vending machines with the Legislature and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. The Act would not affect the Federal Regulation of nutrition labeling of food under existing federal law. For more information, contact Sheree Edwards at sedwards@vending.org.


New York: Grace period for 16 ounce beverage limit
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NYC will have a three-month grace period from fines for violating the city’s new ordinance, which takes effect March 12, 2013. A city lawyer has reported that health officials will not seek fines for noncompliance for the first three months. Violators of the rule will receive notices from March to June, after which they could face $200 fines. The 16 ounce restriction does not apply to vending machines. For more information, contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.

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