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NAMA Victory! IRS 1099 REPEALED

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Yesterday afternoon, President Obama signed into law HR 4, the "Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act," which repeals the new IRS Form 1099 reporting burdens that were part of the federal health care reform legislation. The U.S. Senate voted to repeal the law by a vote of 87-12 on April 5. NAMA has been a strong advocate for repeal, is a member of the leading repeal coalition, and has activated many action alert communications to Congress. The new IRS 1099 requirements would have forced all businesses to issue a Form 1099 to anyone from whom they buy goods totaling $600 or more annually. This change could have resulted in businesses having to issue hundreds or even thousands of forms each year, track cumulative payments to others, and obtain tax identification information from each entity. This new burden could have cost NAMA member companies thousands of dollars in compliance costs each year. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org.


FDA issues draft rules on vending calorie disclosure
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released proposed rules on how the vending industry will be expected to disclose the calorie counts of food and beverages sold in vending machines. Draft rules were published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 and the public now has 90 days to comment. No final rules will occur this year, and enforcement may not occur prior to 2013. Some relevant points of interest to the vending industry include:
    • The Food and Drug Administration agrees with the comments that a sign that is a poster may be an appropriate medium to convey the required calorie declarations as long as the sign is in close proximity to the covered vending machine food or selection button. The agency tentatively concludes that close proximity could mean adjacent to the vending machine, but not necessarily attached, as long as the sign adjacent to the machine is clear and conspicuous at the same time as the food, its name, or its selection button or selection number is visible.
    • FDA tentatively concludes that front-of-package nutrition information could be a way to provide visible nutrition information, as long as the criteria for color, font and type size are met and total calories in the article of food are included.
    • Per operator costs are estimated to be $2,400. FDA estimates that average per machine costs are less than $10 annually. This is considerably less than the FDA estimate last year.
NAMA will submit comments on behalf of the industry and will also circulate draft comments that individual members can use as a starting point for their comments. In addition, NAMA will have a session on these proposed rules at the OneShow. Our speaker will be Felicia Billingslea, Director of the Food Labeling and Standards Staff in the Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The session will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at McCormick Place. All registered attendees of the One Show are welcome to attend. 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 view the document, which is a final version of a document NAMA reviewed last fall, and is 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 mg 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 opportunities to enhance offerings emerge. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org.



NAMA submits comments to US Mint on potential new coin materials
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On Monday, April 4, NAMA submitted comments to the U.S. Mint suggesting that any new alloy content of coins be implemented only after specific consultation with the vending industry. NAMA encouraged the Mint to continue its partnership with the industry to ensure maximum acceptance of coins in vending, encouraged the Mint to allow sufficient time for the vending industry to incorporate any changes and opposed changes that impact the usability of new coins. The association also stressed concerns over the economic impact of changes and with the use of steel or plated steel coins. 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: 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 as well as issues affecting businesses in the state. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


Illinois: Governor Quinn unveils multi-Year construction program
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Governor Pat Quinn recently unveiled the state's new $11.5 billion multi-year construction program. In addition to improving safety and reducing congestion, the program is expected to create 155,000 jobs and spark economic development throughout Illinois. This massive infrastructure investment was driven by the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and will improve 3,248 miles of road and replace or improve 611 bridges over the course of fiscal years 2012 through 2017. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


Illinois and Wisconsin: Dates set for Midwest Annual Vending Conference May 13 and May 14
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The annual meeting of the Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council and the Wisconsin Automatic Merchandising Council will be held May 13 - May 14 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisc. 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 of 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


Illinois: Amendment to Retailers' Occupation Tax Act passes House
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The House has passed a bill that would amend the language of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act, which would require retailers to verify the total number of vending machines used in their businesses upon request of the department. It would also require the retailer to request an additional sub-certificate or sub-certificates of registration if he or she were to increase the number of vending machines used in the business. The bill now moves to the Senate. 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: Legislators do homework on vending in Gretna, La.
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Prior to the April 13 city council vote in Gretna on the possible banning of food and beverage outdoor vending machines in the city limits, legislators contacted a local vending operator to learn more about the state of vending in Gretna. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@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.


Massachusetts: Boston mayor bans sugary drinks in city facilities
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According to the Boston Globe on April 7, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has issued an executive order requiring sugar beverages to be removed from all city-owned facilities within six months. "The order applies to cafeterias, vending machines, concession stands, and beverages served at meetings, the mayor's office said. The drinks that will be banned include: Non-diet sodas, pre-sweetened iced teas, refrigerated coffee drinks, energy drinks, juice drinks with added sugar, and sports drinks. The order will allow the sale of diet sodas, diet iced teas, 100 percent juices, low-calorie sports drinks, low-sugar sweetened beverages, sweetened soy milk, and flavored sweetened milk. It will also allow the sale of such items as bottled water, and flavored and unflavored seltzer water." For additional 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.


Minnesota: House passes new budget bill
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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed a bill that would cut state spending by 59 percent. In addition, the state workforce would be reduced by 15 percent over the next four years and the salaries of all remaining workers would be frozen for two years. The remaining state workers would also be shifted to a high-deductible health care plan. However, if this bill is endorsed in a joint conference committee, it will likely be vetoed by Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


Missouri and Kansas: Mid-America Annual Meeting dates set for June 10 - June 12
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The Mid-America Automatic Merchandising Association will hold its annual convention June 10 - June 12 in Lake Ozark, Mo. The featured speaker will be Ned Monroe, NAMA Senior VP of Government Affairs, who will give members advice on how to protect their companies from the government's attack on their bottom line. Topics will include health care reform, calorie disclosure in vending, ADA reach regulations, tax increases and tax breaks. You won't want to miss this interactive session! The Missouri and Kansas lobbyists will also be present to give state legislative updates. In addition to the business meeting, the weekend will include a silent auction, pool party and networking receptions, plus spouse and children's programs. For additional registration information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


New England — Conn., Mass., Maine, N.H., R.I., Vt. — Annual Meeting June 11 and 12
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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 - June12. Enjoy a cruise on the harbor, a round of golf, or 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 Hampshire: House approves 'right to work' legislation
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The New Hampshire House approved HB 474, the 'right to work' legislation that would prohibit workers from being forced to join a union at a closed shop. The bill is now in the Senate. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New York: Bill relating to foods in school vending machines
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NY A6900, which relates to the sale of certain foods in vending machines on school grounds or property is in the Assembly Committee on Education. For more 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, or 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.


New York: State Automatic Vending Association Meeting June 8
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Please plan to join the New York State Automatic Vending Association for a fun and informative event in Binghamton on June 8. Talk with NYSAVA board members and NAMA staff, network with members, and learn what your state and national associations are doing for you. The day includes board of directors and membership meetings, a tour of the Kirkwood Frito-Lay Plant, and a barbecue dinner at the Binghamton Mets game that evening. 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.


Oklahoma: OVA and NAMA one step closer to tax rollback!
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HB 1634 passed the state House of Representatives earlier this year and this week it passed the State Senate! When Governor Fallin signs HB 1634, which we expect will happen soon, the tax per machine will be reduced from $150 to $75, thus saving all operators $75 per machine. OVA's Lobbyist Greg Piatt, OVA Members and NAMA have been working diligently to lower the cost per machine for all vendors in Oklahoma. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


Wisconsin: Milwaukee sick leave ordinance will likely be voided
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Milwaukee's ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to workers would be voided under a bill that Assembly Republicans sent to Governor Walker this week. The ordinance mandates that large businesses provide employees with up to nine sick days per year and that small businesses provide up to five sick days per year. It was overwhelmingly approved by Milwaukee voters in 2008 but has never taken effect due to constant legal challenges. Walker has said that he is likely to sign the bill. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.

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