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Take Action! Tell the FDA your thoughts on calorie disclosure in vending rules

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NAMA encourages all vending operators to send comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding their proposed federal rules for calorie disclosure in vending. In March 2010, Congress passed health care reform legislation. In this new law, those who own or operate 20 or more vending machines will have to disclose the calories of all food and beverages sold in vending machines. Now the FDA has proposed rules on how vending machine operators will have to label or post that calorie information, and they are inviting the public to comment on those draft rules.

To send the FDA your thoughts about their proposed rule you can click here. You can also use www.regulations.gov and search on Keyword or ID: FDA-2011-F-0171-0001. Then click on "submit comment."

NAMA is arguing to the FDA that a poster is an appropriate medium to convey the required calorie declarations, so long as the sign is in close proximity to the covered vending machine food or selection button. Your association also supports allowing electronic and "front of package" nutrition information as an effective way to provide visible nutrition information. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org .



Feds issue rules for food and beverages on government properties
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The Health and Human Services Administration (HHS) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have issued regulations for foods sold on government properties managed by HHS and GSA. See the guidelines here. It requires at least 25 percent "better for you" product mix, and it doesn't discuss caffeinated beverages. 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 as opportunities to enhance offerings emerge. Calorie disclosure in vending and menu labeling in restaurants will be required as contracts on government facilities expire. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


OneShow legislative session information available
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During NAMA's recent OneShow, several presentations were delivered on legislative and governmental issues impacting vending, coffee and foodservice companies. The PowerPoint presentations are now available on NAMA's website. Presentations on Americans with Disabilities Act, Calorie Disclosure in Vending, Small Business Administration loans, Tax Breaks, and Healthcare Reform are valuable tools for members. The presentations can be viewed by clicking on the specific session in the calendar of events from the OneShow website. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


Senate to vote to delay implementation of rules to limit swipe fees
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced that he will seek to call up a vote on an amendment by Senators Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to delay implementation of rules to limit the swipe fees that banks extract from merchants for debit card purchases. Although it is unclear as to which underlying piece of legislation Reid will allow the amendment to be offered, the vote could come any time after June 6 when the Senate returns from recess. Consequently, it is of utmost importance for you to meet with your senators or contact them by email and urge a NO VOTE on any legislation offered to delay implementation of debit card swipe fee reform. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org .



Arizona: US Supreme Court upholds Arizona employer sanctions law
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The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the U.S. illegally; the court rejected the argument that states have no role in immigration matters. By a 5-3 vote, the court stated that federal immigration law gives states the authority to impose sanctions on employers who hire unauthorized workers. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org


California: Board meeting and education session announced
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California Automatic Vendors Council has announced that they will hold a board meeting and education session in Oakland, Calif. on July 19. The board meeting will start at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Metropolitan Golf Course. Lunch will be served after the meeting, followed by a golf tournament. Proceeds will benefit the Walsh Family CAVC Scholarship Foundation. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org .


California: Local taxing authority bill heads to Senate floor
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Senate President Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg's bill to give cities, counties and school districts broader power to push for new taxes is headed to the Senate floor for a vote. SB 653 was among dozens of bills taken off the suspense file and passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Steinberg's bill would authorize the governing board of any county or city and any school district, subject to specified constitutional and voter approval requirements, to levy, increase, or extend a local personal income tax, transactions and use tax, vehicle license fee, and excise tax, including, but not limited to, an alcoholic beverages tax, a cigarette and tobacco products tax, a sweetened beverage tax, and an oil severance tax. The California Automatic Vendors Council opposes this bill and lobbied against it during their recent legislative day. By allowing local entities to impose their own taxes, vendors who operate in different cities would have numerous tax rates on the same product depending on where they are doing business. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org .


California: Vending on state property bill amended
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AB 727, introduced by Assembly Member Holly Mitchell, D-Calif., has been amended to require that, by 2016, 50 percent of products in vending machines on state property comply with the nutritional standards outlined in state law ( the bill previously required that 100 percent of products comply by 2016). Current law requires that 35 percent of products in vending machines on state property comply with these nutritional standards. The bill will now come back before the committee for a vote on the amendments. The California Automatic Vendors Council will continue to oppose the bill arguing that the current requirements are adequate and that imposing these restrictions places the vendors at a competitive disadvantage when cafeterias and other food outlets on state owned property will be allowed to continue to sell the same snack and beverage items without the restrictions imposed on vending operators. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org


Florida: AMAF to hold networking event June 8
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The Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida (AMAF) will hold a networking event on June 8 at Applebee's, 2903 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa 33607, from 3-7 p.m. All operators are invited to meet the AMAF Board of Directors, learn about issues facing the vending industry, see new products available and learn about the benefits of membership in AMAF and NAMA. Suppliers who plan to attend and support this event are asked to contact Bill Baker, AMAF President, at 727-423-5008. Come celebrate our victory at defeating the bottled water tax in Florida. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


Florida: Proposal would restrict vending machines in public schools
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Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has proposed a bill that would restrict the use of vending machines in Florida public schools or possibly remove them all together. In his proposal, SB 1312, the oversight for school nutritional programs would be given to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The bill has passed both chambers and moves on to Gov. Rick Scott. NAMA and AMAF have teamed together to suggest healthy alternative programs, such as NAMA’s Fit Pick and Balanced for Life, with Scott and Putnam. NAMA and AMAF have requested appointments with the governor and commissioner to discuss the issue. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


Georgia: Law requires employers to use federal database to verify employee's legal status
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Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 87, legislation that allows police to arrest illegal immigrants, requires employers to use the federal E-Verify database to ensure their workers are in the country legally and bars undocumented residents from receiving state and local public benefits like food stamps. The bill takes effect in July. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


Georgia: Sole proprietors and self-employed may purchase out-of-state health insurance
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Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed HB 47, which allows Georgia sole proprietors and other self-employed business owners to purchase out-of-state health insurance policies. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


Illinois: Trans fat ban rejected by Senate
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The Illinois Senate has rejected a bill that would have banned trans fats in all foods sold in restaurants, bakeries and school vending machines beginning in 2013. Although the bill passed the House in April, it fell short of the number of votes needed for approval in the Senate. Senators who voted against the bill argued that the General Assembly would be "parenting" citizens on what to eat and not to eat. Still others argued that the bill wasn't necessary since many food manufacturers have already removed trans fats from their packaged foods and snacks. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org .


Indiana: New bill will reduce corporate tax rate
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Indiana has adopted House Bill 1004, which will phase in a corporate tax reduction of 2 percent over the next 4 years. The current tax rate will remain at 8.5 percent until June 30, 2012 and will drop .5 percent each year until it settles at 6.5 percent on July 1, 2015. In addition to this corporate tax reduction, HB 1004 will also eliminate state net operating loss carryback deductions, revise certain attribution rules , extend the filing deadline for amended state returns pursuant to federal adjustments and deny the renewal of state retail merchant certificates for delinquent withholding accounts. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


Kentucky: Annual meeting June 24 - June 26 in Covington
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Mark your calendar for the Kentucky Automatic Merchandising Council annual meeting June 24–26, at the Holiday Inn in Covington, Ky. 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: Deposit bill defeated!
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This is a victory for Louisiana vendors. HB 412 would have imposed a 5 cent per container deposit and Louisiana-specific labeling to prevent refunds on containers not sold in the state. This bill would also have prohibited the sale of beverages in aluminum containers. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org .


Louisiana: VMOL's second annual 'Day at the Capitol'- June 16
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Operators please join your fellow vendors to develop relationships with your representatives and have your collective voice heard. Suppliers - support the industry! Contact Chuck McMath at cmcmath@louisianacanteen.com to find out what you can do to help. It is imperative, especially in this economic climate, to put a face on the vending industry by meeting your elected officials. We will be outside the Senate Chambers from 8 a.m - 4 p.m. and we look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


Michigan: Corporate income tax bill signed into law
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Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law the new Corporate Income Tax and related credits. HB 4361, which replaces the Michigan Business Tax with the new Corporate Income Tax, will become Public Act 38 of 2011. HB 4362, which allows the continuation of certain credits, will be Public Act 39 of 2011. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org .


Michigan: MDVA 'Day at the Capitol' a huge success!
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Thank you to all Michigan Distributors Vendors Association (MDVA) members who supported MDVA Day at the Capitol! An overwhelming number of MDVA members met with a most impressive line-up of guest speakers, including House Minority Leader Rick Hammel, House Tax Policy Chairman Jud Gilbert, Michigan's Lieutenant Gov. Brian Calley, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, and representing Gov. Snyder, his Chief of Staff, Dennis Muchmore. Members heard over and over from leaders how important it is that MDVA has worked hard to get their message out time and time again. Members delivered MDVA Candy Boxes at the Capitol and hosted a legislative luncheon where they were joined by more than 50 members of the House and Senate. The luncheon included beverage and snack vending machines displayed side-by-side with convenience store snack racks and beverage coolers to highlight Michigan's sales tax parity. Also included was a cigarette and tobacco tax display highlighting the $1 billion in tax revenue collected for the state by MDVA tobacco wholesalers. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Michigan: Tobacco tax enforcement
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As previously reported, the Senate put $3 million into the State Police budget and $4.5 million into the Department of Treasury budget for tobacco tax enforcement. The Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association (MDVA) worked to get boilerplate language included that would provide for a reimbursement program for tobacco wholesalers should an enhanced enforcement effort result in additional costs to wholesalers, such as new stamping machines. The legislative debate over this language was significant - it resulted in recognition of MDVA's longstanding position: all costs associated with the wholesaler's job as tax collector for the state should be the state's responsibility and not the wholesaler's. As the budgets moved through the appropriations process the Treasury appropriation was reduced to $3 million, however, MDVA's boilerplate language was kept in. A task force will be organized with members of the Legislature, Treasury, State Police, Attorney General and MDVA to put together details of a statewide enforcement effort. We will keep you informed. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Missouri and Kansas: Mid-America annual meeting dates set for June 10-12
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The Mid-America Automatic Merchandising Association will hold its annual convention June 10-12 in Lake Ozark, Mo. The business meeting will focus on how companies can protect themselves 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 - Connecticut, Massachussetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.: Annual meeting June 11-12
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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 11-12. 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 atpgilbert@vending.org .


New Hampshire: Law would allow companies to close without warning
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The NH House endorsed SB 121, which would change state law to allow companies with fewer than 100 workers to close without warning. Currently, the law applies the warning requirement to companies with 75 or more workers. It moves to Democrat Gov. John Lynch for review. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware: Tri-State annual meeting June 16-17
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Mark your calendar for the Tri-State annual meeting June 16-17, at Caesars 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 York: 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, N.Y., 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 BBQ dinner at the Binghamton Mets game that evening. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Oregon, Washington, Alaska: NAVA annual meeting to be held at Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Wash.
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The Northwest Automatic Vending Association (NAVA) will hold their Annual Meeting at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson Wash., Aug. 18-20. The meeting will start on Thursday with a coffee education session in the afternoon and a welcome reception that evening. The board will meet on Friday and there will be golf and other activities Friday afternoon followed by the NAVA Annual Live and Silent Auction. The Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday morning and the event will conclude with a lunch for all attendees on Saturday following the meeting. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


SEVA Convention set for Aug. 3-5
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The SEVA Convention is an annual event for operators and suppliers in the Southeast - come for education, networking, social events and of course, family fun! It will be held Aug. 3-5, at Sandestin Resort in Destin, Fla., a location on Florida's Emerald Coast that offers something for everyone. Events during the three-day convention include a golf tournament, first-rate education sessions, beach parties, a luau and much more! Registration brochures will be sent out in mid-May. Interested in becoming a convention sponsor? Please visit www.vending.org/seva to view the sponsorship brochure and make your pledge online. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org .


Tennessee: Soft drink tax deferred to 2012
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Tennessee has gotten a break in 2011 on the proposed "privilege tax" on bottled soft drinks that would add a 1 cent per fluid ounce on all bottled drinks containing sugar or any caloric sweetener. Everyone needs to remain diligent during the 2012 session in order to defeat this piece of legislation. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org .

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