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BI-WEEKLY UPDATE

Legislative Spotlight


NAMA Capitol Hill Legislative Day 4/29/14 (L to R: Craig Kushner, U.S. Congressman John Delaney and David Meyers)

NAMA Capitol Hill Legislative Day 4/29/14 (L to R: Eric Dell, U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, David Meyers and Craig Kushner)

Visit to Kimble's Food by Design (L to R: William Pendergraph, Kimble Carter, Congressman Westmoreland, and CJ Carter)
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HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY


U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga) Visits Kimble's Food By Design In Lagrange, Georgia
Kimble Carter, President of the Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council (GAMC) and owner of Kimble's Food By Design (Kimble's), hosted U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) at the company's headquarters in LaGrange, Georgia, last week. Read the release.
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Vending Operator Jeff Snyder Runs For Indiana State Senate
Jeff Snyder of Snyder Food Service is a candidate for Indiana's Senate District 15. With the election fast approaching, Snyder, who considers himself a conservative, is engaging a team of campaign professionals, family, friends and neighbors to help get the word out to run his race. Read the release.
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April Capitol Hill Advocacy Day Provides Opportunity for Operators To Discuss Coin Issue with Congressional Members and Staff
NAMA's Government Affairs Division recently hosted its April Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. Led by Eric Dell, NAMA's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, the delegation included Craig Kushner, NAMA Board Member and President, Monumental Vending and David Meyers, Owner, Jades Vending and past President of the Maryland-DC Vending Association.
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Vending Manufacturing Jon Ford Runs For Indiana State Senate
Jon Ford of All State Manufacturing is a candidate for Indiana's Senate District 38. Read the release.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Increase Bill
The Washington Post
The Senate voted on Wednesday against going ahead on a bill that would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, another rejection for legislation that has been a major focus of the Democrats' 2014 midterm campaign.
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From Tex-Mex and Pork Rinds to Fitness and Veggies: A Change in Obama White House
The Washington Post
Each president and first lady sets a new tone for the White House, partly based on personal beliefs and private quirks, but few have so transformed the culture inside the building the way the Obamas have regarding nutrition and fitness. Gone are Tex-Mex Thursdays at the White House Mess and the least healthy vending machine options; calorie counts and hummus with vegetables are in. Working out with the Obamas' personal trainer is one of the few acceptable excuses for being late to a meeting; the first family reserves desserts for weekend meals despite having a full-time pastry chef.
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Where Will Calorie Labels Appear? Not Just Menus
The Associated Press
Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes?
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STATE ISSUES


Arizona: Advocates Push For Junk Food Tax On Navajo Nation
The Associated Press via Arizona Capitol Times
Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to push people to ditch junk food.
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California: Restaurants Skip Required Nutrition Info; Officials Choose Not To Care
Los Angeles Times
California requires restaurants to put nutritional information on menus, but in an insane example of government bureaucracy at its most inept, the law isn't being enforced.
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California: Soda-Labeling Bill Sidelined Over Costs
Los Angeles Times
A state bill that would require health-warning labels on sugar-added drinks and sodas in California was sidelined Monday for further review of its enforcement costs even though its author argued that it would cut costs to taxpayers in the long term by reducing diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.
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Connecticut: GMO Legislation Gets Clout From Passage Of Vermont Bill
TriplePundit
Vermont's recent announcement that its legislature has passed a GMO labeling law was happy news for environmentalists in the country's second-least populous state. It was big news for Connecticut and Maine, which have both passed laws requiring GMO labeling, once other states step forward with similar legislation. Both states stipulated that their legislation would not kick into gear until there were at least five states on board, with a minimum population total of 20 million.
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Illinois: Is Proposed State Soda Tax Losing its Fizz?
Belleville News-Democrat
A proposed state tax on soft drinks may be going flat as opponents argue it would only further fizzle Illinois businesses. Two bills introduced in February call to impose a 1-cent-per-ounce excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. For a 12-ounce can of soda, the tax would add 12 more cents. The price of a twelve-pack would increase by $1.44 and another $2.88 would be added to the cost of a 24-pack.
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Vermont: Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill; Governor Expected To Sign
The Huffington Post
Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.
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Vermont: How Vermont Plans To Defend GMO Labeling Law
The Washington Post
Any day now, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to make history by signing that bill into law as he has suggested, making his the first state to require genetically modified food to be labeled as such. Then, maybe not too long after that, expect the state to be sued over it. There's no guarantee of legal action, but legislators, officials and advocates are preparing for it. Earlier this month, state Attorney General Bill Sorrell told Vermont Public Radio that he would be "very surprised" if the state isn't sued over the law. And officials were so sure of a challenge that the measure itself creates a $1.5 million legal defense fund, to be paid for with settlements won by the state. They think it's coming, but they also say they're ready.
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