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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE
(L to R): Tim Gilts (Hershey's), David Fritsche (Boonville Vending), AVA President Bill Tervin (Advanced Vending), Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joe Collins (Imperial Companies), Randy Conklin (Crane) Mike Blackwell (G & J Marketing), and Charles Turner (Turner Snax).
(L-R): Bud Burke, Thayer Distribution; Tim Greble, One Source Office Refreshments; Brandon Emmons, DeMitri-Chesapeake Sales; Elliot Teitelbaum, Elliot's Vending; Bill Githens, Canteen; Susan McManus, Vistar; Alan Davies, Canteen; Tom McMahon, Tri-State Consultant; Mike Kelley, Quality Brokerage; Andy Calhoun, Canteen
HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY
NAMA joined the Illinois Coalition Against Beverage Taxes and Told Lawmakers the Beverage Tax Is Bad For Business!
Two Illinois lawmakers have proposed legislation to dramatically increase the cost of soda, juice drinks, sports drinks, and teas. If passed, these new taxes could increase costs by as much as 70 percent on beverages. However, NAMA members in Illinois worked with industry coalition partners to help stall the bill in the state senate.
NAMA's Members Meet With US Mint To Discuss Currency Changes
As part of NAMA's advocacy outreach, industry leaders and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Eric Dell recently attended a U.S. Mint stakeholder meeting. The meeting provided NAMA the opportunity to discuss with Mint leaders how changes in the metallic content of coins could adversely affect the vending industry through the frustration and loss of customers.
Update On School Waiver Program: Despite Congressional Directive, USDA Tells Congress It Will Not Implement Waiver Program
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies and discussed the waiver to delay implementing the new School Breakfast Program and Smart Snacks Standards.
Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council Hosts 2014 Annual Legislative Day At Pennsylvania Capitol
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council recently hosted its 2014 Annual Legislative Day at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Penn. The Tri-State Council represents industry members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Vending Market Watch TV — OneShow Preview 2014 — Government Affairs Offers Educational Sessions With High-Level Industry Partner Presentations
With the 2014 NAMA OneShow only weeks away, Joann DeNardis, Director of Education/Certification at NAMA, offers tips for navigating the show floor in addition to encouraging those who have not yet signed up, to do so now at
GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE
Baking Industry Faces Multiple FDA, USDA Regulations, Says IBA
The baking industry is facing multiple federal regulations from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a release issued by the Independent Bakers Association.
Food Fight Starting Early Over School Lunch Rules
Keeping intact a 2010 rewrite of a law that dictates what kids eat in school — from the number of carrots to the amount of salt in their shepherd's pie — could be a major challenge as some in Congress are already angling for a rollback.
Food Industry To Make Its Own Labeling Splash
The food industry appears poised to one-up the Obama administration with the launch of a national media blitz to promote its own nutrition labels on the front of food packages. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute, which represent the biggest food companies and retailers, will roll out a coordinated marketing campaign, spending as much as $50 million, to promote their "Facts Up Front," the industry's own voluntary program for providing nutrition information on the front of food and beverage packages, Politico has learned.
Praising the Effort On Tax Reform
The courage to tackle tough problems may be a rare commodity in Washington these days, but there are still a few members of Congress willing to advance fundamental change to overcome the country's largest challenges. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., is one of those lawmakers. He recently released a comprehensive, detailed tax reform plan aimed at initiating substantive discussions focused on overhauling America's broken tax code.
California: Richmond Council Moves Forward On $12.30-Per-Hour Minimum Wage
The City Council recently passed a first reading of an ordinance that could make Richmond's minimum wage the highest in the state. The council voted 6-1 to hike the local minimum wage to $12.30 per hour, with increases pegged to inflation after it is fully phased in by 2017. The vote came after Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, the foremost proponent of the plan, opted to rescind a previous directive to put a proposed increase on the November ballot.
California: Thumbs-Up For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage In New San Francisco Poll
Raising San Francisco's minimum wage to a nation-topping $15 an hour has broad support in a new poll obtained by The Chronicle — a strong sign that voters will have a chance to weigh in on the city's widening wealth disparity gap in November. One reason, according to the poll, is because skyrocketing housing costs are reshaping the city's face: 45 percent of respondents in the new survey say friends or family have moved out of the city in the past two years because they could no longer afford to live there. Nearly a third said they were likely to leave in the next five years. Sixty-one percent of the LGBT respondents said family or friends have been priced out over the past two years.
California: Entrepreneur's Push For $12 Minimum Wage Stalls
An attempt to persuade California voters to approve a $12-an-hour minimum wage has stalled. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind the idea — Ron Unz — said that it was unlikely his proposal would qualify for the ballot in November. Unz says he was unable to find donors to provide the money needed to gather more than 500,000 petition signatures that are required to bring the proposal to voters.
Florida: Florida's Push To Label Genetically Modified Food
St. Petersburg, Florida — In Florida there's a renewed push to label our food that contains genetically modified organisms or GMO's. Some say consumers have the right to know while others say so much of our food is already genetically engineered under our government's watch that it's no big deal.
Illinois: Sugary Beverage Tax Bill Stalls Again At Statehouse
An Illinois Senate committee heard opposing testimony Wednesday on a bill that would impose a one-cent-per-ounce excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, but no action was taken.
Proponents of SB3524 say higher prices will dissuade consumers from buying the beverages blamed for obesity and other health problems. They say the revenue raised from the tax — estimated to be $611 million in the first year alone — can be used to strengthen existing education and prevention efforts in schools and communities.