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HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY
Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder Meets With Mid-America Vending Association
The Mid-America Automatic Merchandising Association hosted Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, at their annual meeting in Lake Ozark, Missouri, last Saturday, June 7.
Rep. Yoder commended the group for their hard work and dedication to their businesses. He also spoke about how government can help businesses grow and prosper, and how important that is to the nation's economy.
Significant Capitol Hill Victory For Vending And Refreshment Services On Calorie Disclosure Rules
NAMA's Senior Vice President Eric Dell recently announced a major victory for the industry in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted to include report language in its fiscal 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill recommending standards to the FDA that vending operators could meet to comply with pending Calorie Disclosure Rules.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE
House Passes Bill To Make Small Business Tax Break Permanent; White House Threatens Veto
The Associated Press via StarTribune
The U.S. House voted to make permanent a generous tax break that makes it easier for small businesses to buy new equipment and improve their property, part of an election-year showdown over a series of expired tax breaks worth billions.
House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade scheduled to hold hearing June 11
The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade held a hearing June 11 titled "The Production and Circulation of Coins and Currency."
Chairman of the subcommittee is Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif.
First Lady Vows To Fight For School Lunch Nutrition 'Until The Bitter End'
First Lady Michelle Obama recently encouraged parents to fight with her "until the bitter end" to preserve tougher new school lunch standards that House Republicans are working to roll back. "It's important for every parent to know where their members of Congress stand on this issue," the First Lady said during a Twitter chat on school lunches.
Behind The School Lunch Fight
SNA is standing shoulder to shoulder with House Republicans, pushing to grant schools waivers from the requirements if they are losing money and aiming to relax the standards when the law is reauthorized next year. The group helped lobby for the legislation at the center of the debate: the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a law championed by the first lady that mandates more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less sodium in exchange for more federal funding on meals.
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Supreme Court Rules Against False Advertising On Food, Drink Labels
Los Angeles Times
Food and beverage companies can be sued for false advertising if they put labels on products that would "mislead and trick consumers," the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled.
The unanimous decision could have broad impact on parts of the food industry.
California: San Francisco To Put $15 Minimum Wage On Ballot
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco voters will be asked to gradually raise the city's minimum wage over the next four years until it's the highest in the nation at $15 an hour in 2018, under a deal finalized Tuesday.
California: Residents Support Soda Tax To Fight Obesity, Health Study Shows
Fighting obesity by taxing sugary drinks and restricting junk food advertisements aimed at children has support from a wide majority of residents surveyed in a recently released Southern California public health study. The findings from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health come as friction mounts between the beverage industry and health advocates over the best way to fight obesity and diabetes, tied by studies to over-consumption of soda, sweets and junk food.
New Jersey: Jersey City City Council Plans To Pass Resolution On Food Labeling
The Jersey Journal
The Jersey City City Council announced plans to pass a resolution that calls for New Jersey to join three others states in passing legislation requiring the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms in foods. During the meeting, a dozen local residents and safe food activists, as well as leaders Food & Water Watch and Sustainable Jersey City, will attend to support the GMO labeling resolution.
Rhode Island: Senate Approves Hike In Minimum Wage To $9
The Associated Press via The Connecticut Post
Rhode Island's minimum wage would increase to $9 an hour next year under legislation passed Wednesday by the Senate that also has the support of the House leadership and the governor. The bill, approved 31-5, would increase the minimum wage by $1 beginning in January. The wage went up to $8, from $7.75, at the start of this year.
International: Lithuania Bans Energy Drinks Sales To Minors
The Wall Street Journal
Lithuania's parliament recently voted to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to minors — a move that could renew scrutiny of products like Red Bull and Monster elsewhere. The small Baltic nation said it is the first country to take concrete action to ban sales to minors. Country hopes other EU Nations will follow its lead.
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