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The NAMA Gratitude Tour is coming to Las Vegas! Mark your calendar now
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As you schedule your travel arrangements for the 2012 NAMA OneShow, we encourage you to factor in additional time to attend an exciting NAMA Gratitude Event on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 24, one day before the kick-off of the OneShow. The show will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Student Union Courtyard.

This past year, as part of the NAMA Industry Growth Strategy, we took 20 vending machines on the road for a five-week, seven-city Gratitude Tour as a way to say "thank you" to loyal users of vending. As an association, we were extremely successful in capturing consumer attention and educating the public about the new technologies, products and the convenience and variety that vending offers today.

Highlights from the 2011 Gratitude Tour include:
  • Media circulation reached more than 380 million
  • The 53-foot Gratitude Tour tractor trailer traveled more than 125 hours and over 7,000 miles
  • More than 225,000 consumers saw the truck heading down the road
  • Over 40,000 people attended Gratitude Events
Since then we have looked for ways to share that unique experience with our members. That's why we are excited to host a Gratitude Event in conjunction with this year's OneShow. With more than 10,000 students expected to attend, this event will feature a variety of innovative vending machines, product giveaways and entertainment. This is your opportunity to experience firsthand a Gratitude Event and take part in the NAMA Industry Growth Strategy.

Feel free to contact the OneShow staff at 312-346-0370 with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!

ADA compliance date is March 15
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The compliance date set forth in the revised ADA rules is March 15. NAMA has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document that addressed many of the issues related to these new rules. A copy of this document can be found on the NAMA website at The new regulations change the reach range requirements for vending machines. They provide that the side reach range must now be no higher than 48 inches (instead of 54 inches) and no lower than 15 inches (instead of 9 inches). The side reach requirements apply to operable parts on accessible elements, to elements located on accessible routes, and to elements in accessible rooms and spaces.

The regulations apply to "public entities." "Public entities" include any Federal, State or local government. It also applies to private entities that operate public accommodations. If an operator provides several banks of machines at one location, at least one of each machine type (snack, food, beverage, coffee) must be ADA compliant. Operators will not have to replace existing machines with new ADA compliant machines at a location, unless the location undergoes alterations or new equipment is brought in. The requirement applies to "fixed equipment." For more information contact Sandy Larson at

Arizona: Bill phases in changes to individual and corporate capital gains treatment
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HB 2815 phases in the subtraction of individual and corporate net capital gains and extends the net loss carryover time frame from five to 20 years, beginning in 2013. It carries a fiscal note estimating the impact to general fund at approximately $62 million in fiscal year 2014, rising to $399.6 million at full implementation in fiscal year 2020. For more information, contact Sandy Larson at

Arizona: Bill would allow Income Tax Credit against expenses for regulatory compliance
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HB 2815 expands the uses of Arizona Job Training Fund monies, establishes individual and corporate universal regulatory income tax credits, phases out individual and corporate taxation of net capital gains, and extends the net operating loss carryover time frame. The bill allows the job training fund to be used for community college job training programs. It establishes a universal regulatory income tax credit against certain expenses of additional regulation imposed on a business, beginning in 2014. This includes additional regulation that does not protect health and safety, does not protect against civil or criminal fraud and that mandates an action that likely is to impose more cost than derive benefit. The amount is limited to the lesser of expenses incurred or $2000. For more information, contact Sandy Larson at

Florida: Bill would eliminate the use of stamp meter machines to evidence cigarette excise tax payments
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HB 4115, introduced November 2011 in the Florida House of Representatives, would eliminate the use of stamp insignia meter machines to evidence cigarette excise tax payments to the state of Florida. The current Florida tax statute requires approved cigarette wholesale dealers to affix a stamp or a stamp insignia through a metering machine device to every package of cigarettes prior to being sold in the state. Further, the statute requires wholesalers or retail cigarette dealers that own, lease, or operate a cigarette vending machine to affix a division-authorized identification sticker on each machine. Recognizing that wholesale cigarette dealers have long-since discontinued the use of stamp metering machines, HB 4115 amends the tax statute to allow wholesalers to use stickers on the cigarette packages as evidence of the tax payment instead of on each requiring them to use metering machines. The bill also eliminates the requirement for wholesale dealers to affix identification stickers on their cigarette vending machines. However, retail dealers still are required to affix the identification stickers to their machines. If passed, HB 4115 will have an effective date of July 1. For more information, contact Sheree Edwards at

Illinois: Gov. Quinn calls for restructuring of Medicaid program
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While presenting his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, Gov. Pat Quinn called for creation of a legislative task force that would be responsible for fundamentally restructuring the state Medicaid program. Quinn said that the program is on the brink of collapse and charged the group with recommending ways to cut $2.7 billion from the program's budget. This could include a combination of changing eligibility, reducing rates paid to providers and cutting services. For additional information, contact Kim Radulski at

Indiana: Governor signs right to work legislation
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Indiana has now officially become a right-to-work state, the first in the Midwestern manufacturing belt and the first in the nation in over a decade. The legislation, signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels, effectively bars unions from collecting dues from non-union employees at private companies. The governor had once opposed right-to-work legislation but said he is looking at the new law to provide jobs and opportunities for the state's young workers. For additional information, contact Kim Radulski at

Mississippi: Vending industry urged to contact legislators in support of inventory tax credit/rebate bill
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The Mississippi House Committee on Ways and Means has favorably released HB 536, an inventory tax credit/rebate bill that would increase the tax credit on inventory tax to $10,000 in 2014, up from the current credit of $5,000. Beginning in 2015, the bill will allow businesses to apply for a tax credit or rebate of up to 20 percent of the total tax paid and then an additional 20 percent each year for the next four years. The state Department of Revenue has estimated that upon full implementation in 2019, the legislation would impact the state general fund budget about $126 million. The key component to this legislation is that counties, cities and schools will not see a reduction in their tax revenues. The tax credit/rebate will be covered by the state's general fund. The implementation of the phase-in allows for an increase in general funds as the economy improves, which will help offset the cost of the tax credit or rebate. For more information, contact Sheree Edwards at

Missouri: House introduces comprehensive tax policy bill
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The Missouri House has introduced HB 1101, a comprehensive tax policy bill that would authorize the state to enter into the multistate Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, eliminate all state tax credits, phase in a flat income tax rate and increase the state sales tax by 0.2 percent. The bill was heard in the Ways and Means Committee on March 1. No testimony was given in support of this legislation, although several organizations testified in opposition to the bill. No further action was taken on the bill. For additional information, contact Kim Radulski at

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