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(L to R: Polly Reber, President, Michigan Distributors & Vendors Association(MDVA); Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion; and Jeffery Smith, All Star Services, Inc.)
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Chip English, Continental Vending; Larry Atnip, Atnip Company; Paul Tullio, Gourmet Coffee Service; Mark Kelly, General Mills; Mani Arora, Vend Mart; Janette Carter, Focus 365; Carianne Skinner, Coca-Cola
Kathy O'Brien, Biscomerica; Dan Marchetti, Rendezvous Music and Vending; Robert Donohue, Canteen; Sandy Larson, NAMA
Eric Dell, NAMA; Stu Case, Avanti Markets; Pete Tullio, Gourmet Coffee Service; Andy Cleveland, Rendezvous Music and Vending; Singh Arora, Vend Mart; Jason Richardson, G & J; Chuck Meyers, G & J.
HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY
NAMA participates in MDVA Legislative Day at Michigan Capitol
On Wednesday, May 14, NAMA joined with the Michigan Distributors & Vendors Association (MDVA) to take part in its 2014 "Legislative Day at the Capitol" in Lansing, Michigan. MDVA represents two significant business segments in the state of Michigan: wholesale distributors of grocery/convenience products and vending machine and food service operators. As an organization, MDVA has garnered respect from some of the state's highest ranking officials, and its annual Legislative Day one of the most highly anticipated events each year.
California Automatic Vending Council hosts Legislative Day in Sacramento
The California Automatic Vending Council (CAVC) recently hosted a legislative day at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The CAVC educated lawmakers on the impact of certain pending legislation on the industry.
Pete Tullio: Put lid on the soda tax
Los Angeles Register
As the current board chair of the National Automatic Merchandising Association and a California business owner, I commend the State Senate Appropriations Committee for placing Senate Bill 1000 on suspense. This legislation, mandating warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages, would place a burden on small business owners and consumers across the entire Golden State by requiring onerous record keeping, and increased prices.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE
Senate Republicans block minimum wage increase bill
The Washington Post
The Senate recently voted 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.
Lean and lovin' it: Changes coming to FDA nutrition labels
The Food Fact labels we've all become accustomed to have been around for 21 years. Those labels have gone relatively unchanged throughout the years except for eight years ago when the Food and Drug Administration started requiring food companies to include trans fats.
Those familiar Food Fact labels are about to change again, and in some significant ways. Before we take a look at what's proposed, let's understand why.
White House stops short of veto threat on tax extenders bill
The White House wants the Senate's $85 billion tax extenders bill amended so that it does not add to the deficit, but recently stopped short of issuing a veto threat.
"The Administration supports the extension of many of the tax provisions in the Senate bill, such as those that support America's small businesses, help unemployed veterans find jobs, and promote clean energy production and research and development," said Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for the White House. "The President in his budget has put forward a way to pay for these tax provisions so they don't add to the deficit and hopes that as legislation moves forward, Congress will offset their cost by closing tax loopholes."
California: Bill would require labels on GMO crops, foods
Proponents of labeling of genetically enhanced foods are trying again in California, where a bill is moving through the Legislature. The effort comes less than two years after voters narrowly rejected a similar measure.
California: Proposals for paid sick leave stir up a healthy debate
The Orange County Register via Times Leader
Across the economy, low-wage workers, whether in restaurants, hotels, theme parks, retail stores, child care centers or nursing homes, are often faced with a stark choice: take a pay cut or go to work ill.
The lack of paid sick leave has become a flash point as cities and states grapple with stagnating wages and shrinking benefits for low- and middle-income workers. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, 39 percent of American workers get no paid leave when they fall ill. In the lowest-paid tenth of the workforce, 80 percent must forfeit income when they get sick.
Nebraska: Petition aims to raise hourly minimum wage to $9 by 2016
The Omaha World Herald
A group called Nebraskans for Better Wages will start collecting signatures next week on an initiative petition to raise the state's minimum wage.
The group hopes to put the issue before voters in November.
New York: Bill would force labeling of 'genetically engineered' food
A measure with strong sponsors in the state Legislature would require that foods containing genetically engineered material be labeled that way to alert consumers. "More and more people read labels and care about what they are putting in their mouths and their bodies, so I thought this bill that is simply a labeling bill would be a no-brainer," said Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-Port Jefferson.
Oregon: Activists announce GMO labeling campaign
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle
Activists in Oregon have announced a signature gathering campaign to place a ballot measure requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods on the statewide ballot in November.
If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require food manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. The measure would not apply to animal feed or food served in restaurants. It would be effective January 2016.
Vermont: Governor signs GMO food labeling into law
Vermont's governor recently signed a bill into law that will require the labeling of genetically modified foods — hailing it as the first such law in the nation.
Under the new law, food offered for retail sale that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering must be labeled as such by July 2016.
Vermont: State's minimum wage to be highest in the US
Vermont is on track to have the highest minimum wage of any state, after its lawmakers passed a bill to boost the baseline hourly rate to $10.50 an hour.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, said he "will be proud to sign" the legislation into law, according to a post on his Facebook page. That puts Vermont ahead of President Barack Obama's plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, up from $7.25 an hour currently.
Vermont: Trade group vows to sue over Vermont's GMO labeling law
VTDigger via Brattleboro Reformer
The ink was barely dry on Vermont's first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law when a national industry trade group declared it would seek to overturn it.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents cereal-maker General Mills, among others, recently said it intends to sue the state to reverse the law.
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