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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE


Bottom Row: Ashilyn Sunderman - Smith Vending, Sandy Larson - NAMA, Roger Pepper - G&J Marketing, Galen Starkweather - Valley Vending, Howard Fischer - US Roasterie, Jim Bocken - Farner-Bocken, Chuck Tuttle - A.H. Hermel

Top Row: Steve Roberts - Davis Brown Law Firm, Nelea Johnson - NAMA, Matt Hoffman - Canteen West Des Moines, Rod Nester - Smith Vending, Darnell Huppert - Farner-Bocken, Tim Reilly - Farner-Bocken


Coin Composition Change

HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY


Iowa Automatic Merchandising Association Hosts Legislative Day
The Iowa Automatic Merchandising Association (IAMA) recently hosted a legislative day at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. The event was held in conjunction with the IAMA annual meeting. The legislative day was coordinated by Steve Roberts, IAMA Legislative Consultant. A dozen IAMA members hosted a breakfast for legislators where they were able to speak with lawmakers about the vending and refreshment services industry. There were six state senators and 13 representatives in attendance. NAMA's Sr. Director and Counsel Sandy Larson also attended.
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NLRB To Consider Proposed Rule On Union "Ambush Elections" In The Workplace
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or "Board") has recently proposed an expansive rule to change the Board's procedures for union election campaigns in the workplace. The rule was first proposed in 2011, but was halted from implementation due to a court ruling that determined that the Board used improper procedures to adopt it.
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NAMA's Government Affairs Team Visits Capitol Hill For American Associations Day
As part of its ongoing advocacy efforts, NAMA's Government Affairs team participated in the American Associations Day (AAD) Fly-In on Capitol Hill. This is the only event of its kind, allowing association professionals to connect with Congressional offices and discuss issues important to associations.
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New York Governor Signs Budget Bill That Includes Sales Tax Exemption Increase For Vending
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law the state's Revenue Budget Bill that included an amendment to the state's tax code regarding the sale of food and beverages through vending machines. The bill, which passed both chambers of General Assembly on Monday, March 31, increases the state's tax exemption for vending to $1.50.
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For The First Time, NAMA OneShow Attendees Can Purchase Recording Of Education Sessions At This Years Show
NAMA's Director of Education/Certification Joann DeNardis announced today for the first time the association will make available audio recordings from many of its OneShow education sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase over 12 hours of content recorded at next week's OneShow education sessions. The recording will be available to NAMA members for $49.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


Saving Money On Coins Could Cost Small Business Big Money
The U.S. Mint recently announced that it is accepting public comments on its mandate by Congress to produce recommendations on alternative metallic content of coins. The Mint, tasked with this research to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely in the production of coins, lost $105 million producing the penny and the nickel, prompting some to call for immediate changes.
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FDA Ready To Finalize GMO Labeling Guidance
FDA will soon re-assert that it's unnecessary to mandate labels for foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday in a hearing on Capitol Hill. "We have supported voluntary labeling, and we have put out a proposed guidance, and we hope to finalize that soon," Hamburg told the House subcommittee responsible for setting FDA's budget when pressed on the controversial issue of GMO labeling during the two-and-a-half-hour event.
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Republicans, Democrats Dismiss FSMA User Fees At Congressional Hearing
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chair of the House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee, said today that FDA's proposal to seek $240 million from industry user fees to pay for its new food safety program has "little chance" of passing and joined other members in asking FDA to provide an alternative plan for funding the food safety law.
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Minimum Wage Is Now Central White House Economic Theme
Vice President Joe Biden stopped by the Florida Avenue Grill in Washington on Wednesday to thank the company for raising the "tipped wage" it pays employees. A few hours later, the White House's economic team issued a report saying raising the minimum wage would lift wages and reduce poverty.
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STATE ISSUES


California: California Minimum Wage Hike Clears First Senate Hurdle
Legislation that would sharply increase California's minimum wage and index it to inflation cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday. It's doubtful, however, whether Gov. Jerry Brown would sign another minimum wage boost a year after he and the Legislature enacted an increase.
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California: California Latino Caucus Backs Bilingual Education, Paid Sick Days
Changes to California's health care, education and labor laws are among the bills the Legislature's Latino Caucus will prioritize this year. Statistics show Latinos are more likely than other Californians to live in poverty, lack health insurance and attain little formal education, caucus chair Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said in announcing the group's priorities Wednesday.
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California: Paid Sick Leave Bill Advances
San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez's legislation to provide workers with three paid sick days a year passed its first test Wednesday, overcoming "job-killer" claims by business interests. Gonzalez, a Democrat, argues that nearly 40 percent of the state's workforce, or 6 million people, earn no sick leave benefits, forcing them to choose between coming to work while ill and exposing others or staying home and losing pay and possibly their job.
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California: GMO Labeling Bill Clears Committee In California
Proposed legislation by state Sen. Noreen Evans requiring all foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled in California cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in Sacramento.
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Connecticut: Connecticut Becomes First State To Pass Minimum Wage Increase Law
A legal battle over the delivery of food services at a Louisiana military base has led to $365,000 in attorney bills for the state. It's also sparked a feud between the Jindal administration and a group of legally blind vendors. Central to the fight is a state-managed trust fund that takes money from vending operations in courthouses and other state or federal properties and uses it to help the legally blind run snack stands, cafeterias and vending machines.
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Louisiana: Blind Vendors, Jindal's Office Spar Over Trust
A legal battle over the delivery of food services at a Louisiana military base has led to $365,000 in attorney bills for the state. It's also sparked a feud between the Jindal administration and a group of legally blind vendors. Central to the fight is a state-managed trust fund that takes money from vending operations in courthouses and other state or federal properties and uses it to help the legally blind run snack stands, cafeterias and vending machines.
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Maryland: Maryland Legislature Considers GMO Labeling Bill
Farming representatives and legislators debated Tuesday whether requiring manufacturers to label genetically modified food would empower consumers or scare them unnecessarily. The proposal's sponsor, Sen. Karen Montgomery, said that while genetic modification is "not all evil," shoppers have a right to information about the food in their shopping carts. Under her bill, all foods containing genetically modified organisms would have to bear an identifying label starting July 1, 2015.
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New York: In The New York Senate, Playing A Game Of Legislative Fantasy
The State Senate leadership, that happy band of Republicans and sort-of Democrats, pushed through its proposed budget resolution early Friday morning and could not help clapping at its cleverness. "The Senate’s budget resolution is a responsible action plan that will create bright new opportunities," the Finance Committee chief, John A. DeFrancisco, said in a news release.
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Vermont: Vermont Lawmakers Wrestle With GMO Bill
The Senate Judiciary committee continues to wrestle with a bill that would require the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms or GMOs. In addition to concerns about possible legal retribution from the biotech industry, lawmakers are also trying to decide if dairy products should be included in the measure. It's a bill many in the dairy industry could do without.
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