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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE

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HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY

Georgia Automatic Vending Council Hosts First Annual Legislative Event at Georgia State Capitol
The Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council (GAMC) hosted a successful first annual GAMC Legislative Day on Feb. 10, 2015 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. The GAMC members interfaced with the state's legislators to educate and inform them about the industry and its contributions to the state's economy, and provided product samples bags to more than 180 legislators and staff. Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle also met with the group during their activities as well.
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Mid-America Automatic Merchandising Association Holds First "Day on the Hill" At Kansas State Capitol In Topeka
The Mid-America Automatic Merchandising Association (MAMA) hosted its first Kansas legislative "Day on the Hill" Feb. 11, 2015 at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. MAMA members met at the Capitol, where they participated in meetings with key legislators and also had the opportunity to meet Governor Sam Brownback and have their photo taken with him.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE

FEDERAL ISSUES


NAMA Update on FDA's Vending Machine Calorie Disclosure Rules
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published their final rule on Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines on Dec. 1, 2014, with an implementation date of Dec. 1, 2016. Since the issuance of the rule, NAMA has been working hand-in-hand with individual vending operators, food and beverage suppliers and others impacted by the rules. NAMA is also partnering with other national trade associations to address challenges within the rule, and has hosted the FDA at member locations to provide them with further education on the industry.
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STATE ISSUES


California: Soda Warning Label Bill Is Back
State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) is not giving up in the battle to put a health-risk warning label on sugared drinks. On Wednesday, Monning reintroduced the legislation that failed to pass during the last session. But expect a different result this year, Monning said. "We certainly hope for a different outcome this year, and again we expect strong resistance as we had last year," Monning said. "But this is part of a larger general public health effort ... Tobacco was a decades-long struggle. Now we see a change in the number of people who are affected by tobacco. We're in the early stages."
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Connecticut Legislator Proposes Candy and Soda Tax
State Rep. Juan Candelaria has proposed a tax on candy and sugary soda in Connecticut. The Democrat from New Haven believes such a tax would help tackle childhood obesity. The bill proposes a tax of 1¢ per ounce on candies and soft drinks — carbonated and noncarbonated — that are high in sugar and calories. It has been referred to the Connecticut's Joint Committee on Children. Candelaria would like to see proceeds raised by his tax applied to preventing childhood obesity, funding state municipalities, and financing state college and university scholarships.
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Illinois Again Considers Sugary Drink Tax
Call it soda or pop, Illinois legislators will consider a tax on soft drinks and other sugary beverages this year under a bill targeting the state's rising obesity rate. The Healthy Eating Active Living Act would create a 1-cent-per ounce excise tax on distributors of bottles of soda, energy drinks and other sugary beverages increasing the price for a 12-pack of soda by $1.44. Supporters say the proposed tax and resulting price increase would reduce the number of sugary beverages and calories people drink while generating funds to reinvest in health initiatives. Opponents say it would be a burden on consumers and lead to fewer jobs in the beverage industry.
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Iowa Senate Approves $8.75 Minimum Wage Bill
A bill raising Iowa's minimum wage to $8.75 per hour in a two-step process was approved Tuesday by the Senate and was sent to the House, where its prospects appear dim. Senate File 269 was approved 27-22 with no debate. All 26 Democrats voted for the bill. Only one Republican, Sen. Rick Bertrand of Sioux City, voted yes.
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Texas: For Miller, Dietary Report Leaves a Bad Taste
No Texan should shy away from a T-bone steak or sweet tea based on a federal department’s suggestions, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is saying in response to a new report on dietary guidelines. The report — prepared by an advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — called on Americans to increase their consumption of vegetables and limit intake of sugar and red meat. Miller said that the recommendations are unfounded.
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