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FDA misses deadline to promulgate rules on vending calorie disclosure

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The Food and Drug Administration has missed their congressionally-mandated deadline of Wednesday, March 23, to release rules on how the vending industry will be expected to disclose the calorie counts of food and beverages sold in vending machines. The FDA wrote NAMA staff, stating that they "expect only a short delay in getting these documents out." The agency continued, "As you know, the issue is complex. We are committed to getting it out very soon and looking forward to your comments on the proposal." While the rules were required to be released by March 23, no final rules or enforcement will occur in 2011. March 23, 2011 was the one-year anniversary of the passage of federal health care reform. Included in this legislation is language that states "in the case of an article of food sold from a vending machine that does not permit a prospective purchaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel before purchasing the article or does not otherwise provide visible nutrition information at the point of purchase; and is operated by a person who is engaged in the business of owning or operating 20 or more vending machines, the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in close proximity to each article of food or the selection button that includes a clear and conspicuous statement disclosing the number of calories contained in the article." For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org.


Federal government issues rules for food on some government properties
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The General Services Administration and the Health and Human Services Administration have issued regulations for foods sold on government properties managed by HHS and GSA. Click here to access a final version of a document NAMA reviewed last fall.  It it less onerous on the industry and our customers than the earlier draft. An issue may be the sodium levels of snacks which will be capped at 230 milligrams of sodium per serving. But it only requires at least a 25 percent 'better for you' product mix, and it doesn't discuss caffeinated beverages. So NAMA's repeated conversations with the GSA and HHS last year did improve the guidelines. The Health and Sustainability Guidelines are applicable to all food service concession operations and vending machines managed by HHS and GSA. GSA will work with concessions operators to progressively implement these guidelines in federal facilities as contracts expire and as opportunities to enhance offerings emerge. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org.



US Mint seeks comment on potential new coin materials
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The United States Mint is requesting public comment on factors to be considered in conducting research for alternative metallic coinage materials for the production of all circulating coins. In particular, they are looking for comments from the vending industry on concerns or suggestions about changes in the metal content of coins. Earlier this year, Congress passed the Coin Modernization, Oversight, and Continuity Act of 2010, or Public Law 111-302, which gave them permission to study alternative coin materials. As part of this authority, the Mint is now looking for feedback from the vending industry. NAMA is drafting comments for the industry. Comments may be submitted on or before April 4, 2011 to: coinmaterials@usmint.treas.gov. For additional information please contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org.


Learn how government is impacting your company — Attend the NAMA OneShow
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Federal government experts will be attending the NAMA OneShow on Wednesday morning, April 27, to share their tips on how to navigate federal programs on calorie disclosure, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Small Business Administration loans. Sessions are free to registered attendees. Register for the OneShow today at www.NAMAOneShow.org, and plan on attending the Government Affairs Symposium on April 27 from 7:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.



California: Vending on state property
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AB 727 would require that at least 50 percent of food and beverages offered in a vending machine on designated state property meet accepted nutritional guidelines beginning Jan. 1, 2014. By Jan. 1, 2016, 100 percent of the food and beverages offered by such a vendor must meet those nutritional guidelines. The bill would also revise the definition of accepted nutritional guidelines for this purpose and require that, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, any food sold in a state-owned or leased building must meet the standard criteria for food and nutrition guidelines for concessions as determined under the federal Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


California: Lobbying Day set for May 11
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The California Automatic Vendors Council will hold a lobbying day May 11 in Sacramento. The organization plans to visit with legislators on issues affecting the vending industry in California and issues affecting businesses in the state. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


California: City votes to regulate vending food and drinks
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The San Gabriel Valley Tribune on March 27 reported that the South El Monte city council voted to require healthy options and eliminated "soda and other sugary drinks" from city vending machines. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


Connecticut: Bills FAIL concerning sale of soda and candy in public schools
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CT S 164, concerning the sale of soda in public school vending machines, and CT S 165, concerning the sale of candy in public school vending machines, have both failed. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Florida: NAMA and AMAF fighting bottled water tax
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The National Automatic Merchandising Association and the Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida are working to defeat a proposed bottled water tax. Florida State Senator Evelyn Lynn has introduced Senate Bill 78, which would levy a 6 percent tax on bottled water in containers that are less than one gallon. Lynn's proposal would add a 7.5¢ tax on $1.25 bottle of water sold in a vending machine. Since vending operators cannot raise their prices in increments less than $.25, the new tax would come out of their revenue. Florida companies are asked to send emails to their state legislators asking them to stop the proposed tax by clicking here. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


Illinois and Wisconsin: Dates set for Midwest Annual Vending Conference
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The annual meeting of the Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council and the Wisconsin Automatic Merchandising Council will be held May 13-14 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. The theme of the meeting is "Back to the Future Again," and will feature both networking and educational opportunities. The keynote speaker of the event will be Heather Bailey, an employment law attorney with the firm SmithAmundsen in Chicago and a NAMA Knowledge Source Partner. Roundtable discussions covering recent industry developments will be held following the keynote during the Saturday morning business meeting. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


Kentucky: Annual meeting June 24 - June 26 in Covington, Ky.
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Mark your calendar for the Kentucky Automatic Merchandising Council, or KAMC, annual meeting June 24 – 26, at the Holiday Inn in Covington. Please plan to join members of the vending industry for networking, education sessions, state and federal legislative updates and family fun. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


Louisiana: Help stop the Gretna, La. City Council from banning outdoor vending Machines
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On April 13, the city council in Gretna will take a vote to ban food and beverage outdoor vending machines in the city limits. Please take a minute right now to send an email to all the city council members in Gretna opposing this ban on vending machines. We need to join together and make a stand, or this issue could expand to other areas of the state. Together we can have a powerful voice, and we can make a difference. NAMA has drafted an email you can modify, cut, paste and send. Please contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org for a copy of the letter and the list of city council email addresses.


Maine: Bill to clarify definitions of eating establishments, vending machines
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ME H 875 includes amendments to the laws regarding the municipal licensing and inspection of campgrounds, recreational camps, youth camps and eating establishments. It clarifies definitions for vending machines, campgrounds, cottages, eating establishments, lodging places, recreational camps and youth camps. The bill adds definitions for health inspectors, public pools, public spas and sporting camps. It repeals definitions for eating and lodging places, sanitarians and vending machine establishments. The bill is currently in the Joint Committee on Health and Human Services. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Maryland: MD-DC Vending Association Annual Meeting June 2 - June 3
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Mark your calendar for the MD-DC Vending Association Annual Meeting June 2 - June 3 at the Harbourtowne Resort in St. Michaels, Md. Please plan to join members of the vending industry for networking, education sessions, state and federal legislative updates, golf and more. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Maryland: House bill approved
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The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a $14.6 billion budget for the general fund that doesn't raise taxes, but relies on a wide range of fee increases. Legislation has been introduced that would remove the current sales tax exemption for snacks. The Senate's budget likely will include those proposals as well as an increased tax burden for Maryland residents. A Senate panel passed a steeper alcohol tax that would phase in over a three-year period. Maryland residents would pay a 9 percent sales tax for alcoholic beverages, a measure that is expected to generate almost $90 million for the state. The alcohol tax has not been raised in almost four decades. The alcohol tax revenue would go to the general fund budget, with $5 million devoted to services for disabled residents. Any changes the Senate makes to the House budget would have to be approved by the other chamber before the session ends April 11. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Michigan: MDVA Day at the Capitol May 11
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Mark your calendars for the Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association, or MDVA, Day at the Capitol on May 11. MDVA is working with the schedules of Speaker Bolger, and Senate Majority Leader Richardville for this event, along with a panel of key legislators in the House and the Senate. There is a possibility that Gov. Snyder will also be available to meet with the group. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Michigan: Final endorsement to repeal requirement of individual price tags on most retail items
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The Michigan House and Senate gave final endorsement to HB 4158, which would repeal a law requiring individual price tags on most retail items. It is now with Gov. Rick Snyder for review. The current law requires that most items sold at retail must be individually priced, usually with stamped figures or stickers. Exceptions are items sold from vending machines, live plants and animals, and items sold by weight. Under a change made to the bill, retailers would be required to post the item's price where it can be clearly seen nearby. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Michigan: MDVA encourages distributors and vendors to contact state senators and representatives
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The Michigan Legislature has begun deliberations on components of the governor's budget and tax proposals. MDVA has been lobbying for years for state tobacco tax enforcement at the current rate as a responsible way to increase tax revenue. The legislature's spring break will be an excellent opportunity to write, call, or visit with your state Senator and Representative and let them know your position! For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New England — Conn., Mass., Maine, N.H., R.I., Vt.: Annual meeting June 11 - June12
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Please plan to attend the New England Annual Meeting, hosted by the New Hampshire Vending Association, in Portsmouth, N.H. June 11 - June 12. Enjoy a cruise on the harbor, a round of golf, and Market Square Day followed by an evening with friends and colleagues on Saturday. Sunday morning's business meeting includes a discussion of state and national issues facing the vending industry. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware: Tri-State Annual Meeting June 16 - June 17
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Mark your calendar for the Tri-State Annual Meeting June 16 - June 17, at Caesars in Atlantic City, N.J. Please plan to join members of the vending industry for networking, education sessions, state and federal legislative updates, golf and more. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New York: Pepsi beverages to maintain headquarters in Somers, N.Y.
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Pepsi Beverages Co. will keep its headquarters and roughly 1,000 jobs in Somers, N.Y. The company will also expand to occupy its 540,000-square-foot building, up from its current 390,000 square feet, and transfer 22 jobs from Connecticut to New York. As part of the agreement to keep Pepsi Beverages Co. in Westchester County, the county approved exemptions from sales and use tax on the purchase, installation and maintenance of building materials, furniture and equipment. In addition, the state has provided a $4 million grant to invest in the facility. PepsiCo. will also invest up to $9 million in the project. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New York: Vending Association Lobby Day May 11
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Mark your calendars for the New York State Automatic Vending Association, also known as NYSAVA, Lobby Day in Albany on May 11. Plan to visit with legislators on issues affecting the vending industry in New York as well as issues affecting businesses in the state. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Ohio: OAMA Annual Meeting May 13 - May 14
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The Ohio Automatic Merchandising Association, or OAMA, will hold its annual meeting May 13 - May 14 at Deer Creek State Park in Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Please plan to join members of the vending industry for networking, education sessions and golf. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Pennsylvania: Philadelphia vote on sick and personal leave postponed indefinitely
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The Philadelphia City Council has postponed a vote on legislation to require private sector employers to provide paid sick leave for any employees working within the City of Philadelphia. No new date has been scheduled. NAMA and the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council — Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware — encouraged its members to contact the city council about the impact of this legislation. It has been reported that members of the city council received numerous negative responses to the idea. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Tennessee: Sugar tax debate
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A debate on HB537, a bill authorizing a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, was set for March 30 in the House General Subcommittee of Finance. Martha Gentry, TAMA Lobbyist, and the NAMA Government Affairs Team worked together to alert the Tennessee vending industry of the potential threat to their businesses. NAMA set up a Legislative Alert on www.namavoice.org for the state's vending industry to contact their representatives in opposition to levying this tax. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


Texas: Soda tax proposed
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According to the March 7, 2011 issue of the Jacksonville Daily Progress, "the price of a 12-ounce can of soda in Texas may jump 12 cents if the Texas Legislature passes Senate Bill 1004 — legislation that would place a penny-per-ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in grocery and retail stores." The revenue would be used for the promotion of children's health programs. It would apply to carbonated and non-carbonated beverages sweetened with natural or artificial sweeteners. The bill exempts certain beverages, including 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices, certain sport drinks and beverages sweetened by artificial sweeteners that do not add calories to the beverages. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


Virginia: State soliciting bids for rest area paid sponsorships, advertising, vending machines
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Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that the state is soliciting bids from private firms for a program that would help defray the cost of operating and maintaining the state's 42 highway rest areas. Under the SAVE program — Sponsorship, Advertising and Vending Enhancement — the Virginia Department of Transportation would contract with a private company to develop, implement and manage the program. There's no estimate available on how much revenue the program would generate for the state. The program could enable companies to sponsor certain amenities and advertise at the state's rest areas and welcome centers, and to manage vending at the facilities. The rest areas serve more than 90,000 travelers per day. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Wisconsin: Court of Appeals upholds Milwaukee sick leave ordinance
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The Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled unanimously to uphold Milwaukee's paid sick days ordinance, which sets a minimum number of paid sick days for workers in the city. The ordinance was approved in 2008 by more than two-thirds of city voters, but legislators have been working overtime to nullify the law through Senate Bill 23. This bill would put the power to enact worker health laws solely in the hands of the Wisconsin state legislature, blocking counties and cities from passing their own laws. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.

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