NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE
Newt Gingrich greets Patrick Moran, immediate past president and Kendall Smith, president of the Texas Merchandise Vending Association, at the NAMA state council breakfast.
Jennifer Walker Toomey, board member of the Vending Machine Operators of Louisiana, meets with the Honorable Newt Gingrich at the NAMA state council breakfast.
HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY
Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013
The Act would authorize each member state under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (the multistate agreement for the administration and collection of sales and use taxes adopted on Nov. 12, 2002) to require all sellers not qualifying for a small-seller exception (applicable to sellers with annual gross receipts in total U.S. remote sales not exceeding $1 million) to collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales under provisions of the Agreement, but only if such Agreement includes minimum simplification requirements relating to the administration of the tax, audits and streamlined filing. The Act defines "remote sale" as a sale of goods or services into a state in which the seller would not legally be required to pay, collect or remit state or local sales and use taxes unless provided by this Act.
Family business in Clive adapts to survive recession
The Wittern Group, a Des Moines-area family-owned business, with vending machine manufacturing at its core, was recently featured in nation-wide news media. Eric Dell, NAMA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs visited and toured the facility as part of his recent on-boarding process.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE
Federal legislators introduce mandatory GMO labeling bill
The "Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act," was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Peter DeFazio,D-Ore., and would amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to require that genetically engineered food and foods that contains genetically engineered ingredients be labeled accordingly. The purpose is to establish a consistent and enforceable standard for labeling of foods produced using genetic engineering.
Bill would alter metallic composition of 4 coins
Congressman Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to immediately alter the metallic composition of the one-cent, five cent, ten-cent and twenty-five cent coins. The legislation would require all four coins to be minted in American steel, with the penny coated in copper to preserve the current appearance.
California: Oil and soda taxes advance in California Legislature
Two controversial tax measures recently advanced in the California Legislature — a penny-per-ounce levy on soda and a charge on oil pumped from the ground in the state.
The Senate Health Committee members approved a bill by state Sen. Bill Monning that would charge the tax on sweetened beverages, including sodas, in hopes of reducing obesity among young people.
California: Bill that restricts vending sales on state property moves to Appropriations committee
AB 459 passed out of the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee on April 23 and will soon be heard in the Assembly Appropriations committee. The bill requires that at least 50 percent of the food offered by a vendor in a vending machine on state property meet accepted nutritional guidelines by Jan. 1, 2015. The bill would then require 75 percent compliance with accepted nutritional guidelines by Jan. 1, 2016, and 100 percent compliance by Jan. 1, 2017. On and after Jan. 1, 2016, the bill would also require that 100 percent of beverages offered by a vendor in a vending machine on state property also meet the accepted nutritional guidelines.
Ohio: Governor calls for $1 billion worker's comp rebate
Governor Kasich has proposed a $1 billion rebate for all customers of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, due to a larger-than-expected fund balance at the BWC.
Rhode Island: Sales tax on vended items priced at $3.50 or more
House Bill 5224, which would impose a sales tax on vending machine items which are sold for $3.50 or more, is in the House Finance Committee. The Committee recommends the measure to be held for further study.
Texas: Bill limiting beverage sales in schools
HB 217 is being amended to remove high schools from the regulations as well as electrolyte replacement beverages. In addition the bill will only apply to contracts entered into or renewed after the effective date of the bill, vending machines under contract will be governed by the law in effect when the contract was entered into. On April 29, a Committee report was distributed on this bill, and on April 30, the Committee report was sent to calendars.
Vermont: Proposal to removed bottled water from vending machines, store shelves
A group of people is working to remove bottled water from vending machines and store shelves.
Vermont: Tax on bottled water remains in final revenue package
The Vermont Senate has passed the tax revenue package (HB 528) and the bottled water sales tax remains in the final bill. All bottled water will be taxable — plain water, flavored water, sparkling water, seltzer, mineral, fruit water, etc. The package will now go to conference committee for negotiations between both chamber and the administration. Gov. Peter Shumlin has voiced strong opposition to any new sales taxes, but it is possible he may make an exception for bottled water, as he has previously proposed a ban on the use of state funds to purchase bottled water.
Washington: GMO labeling initiative on November ballot
Voters will decide whether foods with genetically modified ingredients should be labeled in Washington State because lawmakers have taken no action on GMO labeling initiative I-522.