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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE

HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY


Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council To Host First Annual Legislative Event At Georgia State Capitol Next Month
The Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council (GAMC) is preparing to host its first annual GAMC Lobby Day on Feb. 10, 2015 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. GAMC Board members are expecting to interface with the state's legislators to educate and inform them about the industry and its contributions to the state's economy. The GAMC members will also be providing product samples to more than 180 legislators and staff.
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Texas Merchandise Vending Association To Host Third Biennial Lobby Day
The Texas Merchandise Vending Association (TMVA) is preparing to host its third biennial TMVA Lobby Day on Feb. 4, 2015 at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. TMVA Board members will interface with the state's legislators to educate and inform them about the industry and its contributions to the state's economy. The TMVA members will also be providing product samples to more than 180 legislators and staff at the Capitol.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE

FEDERAL ISSUES


Supreme Court Just Says No to the Retailer's Swipe Fee Fight
The Supreme Court recently turned away the retailers' challenge to the Federal Reserve's regulation implementing the interchange-cap and network-exclusivity rules adopted in the Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank. The case was closely watched, because the trial judge held the Federal Reserve regulation invalid and ordered the Federal Reserve to write a new regulation imposing much lower caps. The Federal Reserve appealed that decision to an appellate court, which accepted the Federal Reserve's arguments in support of its regulation.
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Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act of 2015
Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio recently introduced H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015.
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STATE ISSUES


Florida: Mandatory GMO Labeling Proposed ... Again
Two failed attempts to pass legislation requiring labels on genetically modified foods have not deterred Democrats in both houses from filing labeling bills expected to face opposition from international food producers.
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Indiana Lawmaker Pushes for GMO Food Labeling
Advocates hoping to see labels on genetically modified foods have a Republican state senator as an unlikely ally in Indiana. Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, has introduced legislation that would require companies to label foods produced by genetic engineering. Under the bill, a company also couldn't use "natural" on its label if the product contained genetically modified organisms, known as "GMOs." Violators could face infractions.
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Governor to Propose Oregon GMO Bill
A bill related to genetic engineering in Oregon will be introduced by Gov. John Kitzhaber in the upcoming legislative session now that a key task force report is done.
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New York Governor to Propose State Minimum Wage Hike
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will submit a proposal to raise New York City's minimum wage to $11.50 per hour and the rest of the state's minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, according to Huffington Post. The current New York state minimum wage is $8.75 per hour and is set to increase to $9 per hour at the end of the year.
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Texas: Nelson Emphasizes Property Tax Relief in Senate Budget
Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson recently presented a $205.1 billion two-year base budget, vowing to provide property tax cuts that Texans "actually feel" while keeping the state's economy humming along.

The Senate budget is $3 billion larger than the $202.4 billion House budget that Speaker Joe Straus released nearly two weeks ago. However, the Senate budget includes $4 billion allocated for tax cuts. Straus opted to leave tax cuts out of the House's opening proposal to allow members to formulate their own ideas on how to cut taxes.

At a Tuesday news conference, Nelson said that the Senate budget plan includes $3 billion set aside for "meaningful" property tax relief that homeowners would notice, as well as $1 billion for business franchise tax cuts. She and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the mechanisms by which they intend to cut property and margins taxes were still being worked out and could end up higher than the $4 billion currently proposed.

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