AAMC Hosts Legislative Day At State Capitol In Phoenix
The Arizona Automatic Merchandising Council hosted a legislative day at the state capitol in Phoenix earlier this month. Read the release.
NLRB to Consider Proposed Rule on Union 'Ambush Elections' in the Workplace
National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys filed formal comments today with the National Labor Relations Board opposing the Board's proposed guidelines, which will help give union organizers the upper hand over independent-minded workers.
US Mint Publishes Request for Comments in Federal Register; Industry is Urged to Act Now
Congress recently tasked the U.S. Mint with finding ways to produce coins in a more cost efficient manner. In this effort, the Mint recently announced that it is accepting public comments on the mandate to research alternative metallic content of coins. NAMA is asking you to send these comments to the Mint to inform them of the potential burden that changes in coins would cost operators and consumers.
Food and Drug Administration Forwards Calorie Disclosure Rules to White House
In the most current information available regarding calorie disclosure for vending machines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has forwarded its final rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget. With the final version in hand it is expected that the White House and the OMB will exercise a 90-day review process before they will begin the formal issuance and implementation process of the final rules.
Federal Bill Could Supercede State Mandatory GMO Labeling Efforts
A bipartisan bill that would preempt state-level laws and create a standard nationwide labeling policy for foods containing genetically modified organisms has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Mike Pompeo,R-Kan., and co-sponsored by G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Marsha Blackburn,R-Tenn., Jim Matheson, D-Utah and Ed Whitfield,R-Ken. The legislation, known as The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (HR 4432), would grant sole authority for the Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory labeling of foods containing GMOs only if they are found to be unsafe for consumption or materially different from foods without GMO ingredients. In addition, the FDA would need to approve new GMO ingredients before they are brought to market. It will also establish a federal standard label definition of "natural" foods. Hearings on the bill could begin in June.
Mint Seeks Stakeholder Input Into Possible Changes To US Coins
The United States Mint posted notice April 10 in the Federal Register seeking written comment from coin industry leaders whose enterprises have a vested interest in whether the metallic composition of circulating U.S. coins is changed. These "stakeholders" have 60 days from the date of the notice to submit their written comments to the bureau's Office of Coin Studies. The comments are to supplement input U.S. Mint officials received from stakeholders in a face-to-face meeting March 13 in Washington, D.C., about factors identified during the bureau's research and development efforts exploring alternative metals for circulating U.S. coinage.
10 Food Hacks for Workplace Wellness
Studies show that sedentary and snack-filled workplaces help pack on the pounds and contribute to diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, in partnership with the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, has provided a toolkit for healthier meetings and events.
California: Panel OKs Sugary Drink Warning Label Bill
The Senate Committee on Health recently passed a bill that would require all sodas and other sweetened beverages sold in California to carry a warning label about the possible harmful effects of drinking them. The warning label would apply to drinks of 75 calories or more per 12-ounce serving and would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay." The hearing was the first big test for SB 1000 by Sen. Bill Monning,D-Carmel. The bill generated heated discussion and ultimately passed on a 5-2 vote.
California: San Francisco Business Coalition Slams Proposed Tax On Sugary Drinks
A local coalition of small business owners declared opposition to a beverage tax as the city's supervisors held a public hearing April 16 on a proposed ballot measure that would impose a 2¢ per-ounce tax on most sugar-sweetened beverages sold in the city. The Drop the Beverage Tax coalition argued "it is not just a tax on soda. This is a tax on juice drinks, ice teas, powdered drinks, sports drinks and hundreds of other beverages."
Connecticut: State House Opposes GMO Bill
Just one day after a bill banning genetically modified grass seeds cleared the Connecticut State Senate, the same bill died in the House. The bill, which was voted down 103-37, was opposed by the Republican caucus and a significant portion of the Democrats.
Illinois: Soda Tax Bubbles Up Again In Illinois
If every man, woman and child in Illinois were to drink 18 ounces of sugary beverages each day, state coffers could get an additional $1.4 billion. A new study by the Cook County Department of Public Health said Illinoisans are set to drink 6.6 billion, 12-ounce cans of soda, sports drinks and other sugary beverages in 2011. That could mean big bucks for the state if lawmakers were to enact a 2-cents per ounce tax. The tax would be levied on regular soda, diet soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks. A standard 12-ounce can of soda would cost 24 cents more under the proposed tax.
Michigan: Snyder Offers Plan to Boost Solid Waste Recycling
Gov. Rick Snyder recently released a plan to boost recycling of household solid waste in Michigan, which lags behind most other states despite once being a trendsetter with its beverage container deposit law.
Vermont: Vermont Puts Lessons From Past In GMO Bill
Vermont lawmakers seeking to make their state the first to require the labeling of genetically modified food are hoping history won’t repeat itself. A bill (H 112) that the state's Democratically controlled Senate recently passed in a 28-2 vote would mandate labels on all genetically engineered edibles sold, with exemptions for animal feed and some food-processing aids, such as enzymes for making yogurt. The House passed the bill 99-42 in May. If that chamber backs the Senate's amendments, which could happen as early as next week, the measure could shortly head to Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin for his signature.