DOE Rulemaking Framework for refrigerated beverage vending machines
On June 4, the Department of Energy published a notice of public meeting and availability of the Framework document regarding energy conservation standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines. There is a public meeting/webinar scheduled for June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. NAMA's Government Affairs division will be attending. If you would like to attend, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945 or via email at Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov. The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. You can Reserve your webinar seat here.
NAMA's government affairs team launches new website: www.NAMAVoice.org
Today NAMA announces the launch of a new website which features comprehensive information related to the association's advocacy efforts. The website, titled NAMAVoice.org, was created specifically for NAMA members by the government affairs team in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Sen. Jerry Moran's visit to treat America; John Mitchell welcomes Senator to facility in Lenexa, Kansas
U.S. Senator for Kansas visited Treat America's facility yesterday in Lenexa. Treat America provides full-line vending and office coffee service in Kansas City, St. Louis, Mo.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Omaha, Neb.; and Des Moines, Iowa.
Missouri Congressman Billy Long Meets with Mid-America Vending Association
The Mid-America Automatic Merchandising Association hosted Congressman Billy Long, R-Mo., at their annual meeting in Lark Ozark, Mo., on Saturday, June 8, president of MAMA, Patrick Murphy, announced. Congressman Long's visit is part of an enhanced effort by the NAMA Government Affairs Division to educate elected officials on the industry.
NAMA executive Eric Dell addresses federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting industry at MD-DC Vending Association meeting
NAMA Government Affairs Senior Vice President Eric Dell and Senior Manager Pam Gilbert were among the 75 attendees at the MD-DC Vending Association annual meeting last month at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Md. Dell spoke on federal legislative and regulatory issues and provided an update on the industry regarding refreshment services, vending, micro-markets, as well as NAMA's initiatives, including the Positioning for Growth campaign.
Survey: CEOs are more optimistic about hiring, sales
The AP (6/12, Rugaber) reports, "The Business Roundtable said Wednesday that its April-June quarterly survey found 32 percent of its members expect to expand payrolls in the next six months." That is "up from 29 percent in the January-March survey." In addition, 78 percent expect sales to increase. "That's up from 72 percent from the previous survey."
No tax reforms before the end of this decade
Here's something you haven't heard from anyone else: Tax reform is at least three years away ... and even that may be optimistic. In fact, Stan Collender is not expecting a serious tax reform effort until 2017. The last comprehensive tax reform act, enacted in 1986, took three years to work its way through the legislative maze. And, the tax reform situation is much more difficult now than it was almost three decades ago.
Mia Love to take another crack at unseating Jim Matheson
The Utah Democrat has hung onto his heavily Republican seat for more than a decade — weathering the 2010 tea party wave, George W. Bush's election, even favorite son Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket. Now, one of the GOP's star 2012 recruits, Mia Love, is back for a rematch after falling 768 tantalizing votes shy of ousting Matheson in November.
Republican announces for Michele Bachmann Seat
A second Republican recently announced a bid for retiring GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's seat, according to local reports. Rhonda Sivarajah, the Anoka County Board chairwoman, will run against former Minnesota State Rep. Tom Emmer to succeed the tea party firebrand.
Senate passes Farm Bill with few amendments
On Monday, June 10, the Senate passed its version of the 2013 Farm Bill. Of hundreds of proposed amendments, on everything from labeling genetically modified organisms and banning genetically engineered salmon, to protecting honeybees, curbing the over-use of antibiotics on factory farm animals and allowing U.S. farmers to grow industrial hemp, less than a dozen were given a vote. Lawmakers voted down (27-71) the Sanders Amendment to affirm the existing right of states to label genetically engineered food.
The COINS Act (for Currency Optimization, Innovation and National Saving)
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has introduced the Coins Act that calls to halt the printing of $1 bills four years after the law's passage, or the first year in which 600 million $1 coins are circulated, whichever comes first. The GAO estimates that while the switch would cost the U.S. about $531 million over the first 10 years, it would save the government about $4.4 billion over 30 years due to seigniorage.
Re-introduced COINS Act seeks to replace $1 bills with $1 coins
A bipartisan group of Senators has re-introduced a bill which seeks to improve the circulation of $1 coins and remove barriers to their use, which would eventually set the stage for the $1 coin to replace the $1 Federal Reserve Note as the only $1 monetary unit issued and circulated by the Federal Reserve System.
House legislation would boost access to healthy food
A bill introduced by Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., would allocate $125 million to improve access to healthful food in underserved neighborhoods through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. "As we continue to reinvigorate our economy, this public-private partnership will create good-paying jobs, help people live longer and healthier lives, and strengthen our neighborhoods," she said.
NY legislative committee rejects biotech-labeling proposal
A New York legislative panel turned down a bill to require the labeling of biotech foods. The bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, said she would continue to seek a vote on the legislation before a June 20 recess.
NYC anti-obesity campaign targets sugary beverages
The New York City Health Department has launched an extension of its "Pouring on the Pounds" ad campaign, targeting sports drinks, energy drinks, sweet tea and other sugary beverages, Advertising Age reports. The campaign will tap television and print, warning New Yorkers about so-called health dangers of sugary beverages.
Public hearing set on 3 bills before Massachusetts legislature on labeling food containing Genetically Modified Organisms
A hearing has been scheduled to allow the public to offer testimony on three bills (H 1936, H 2037, H 2093) before the Massachusetts legislature related to the labeling of food containing Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. Demand for labeling has grown dramatically in recent years.
Connecticut passes GM labeling legislation
Connecticut lawmakers passed a bipartisan bill (HB 6527) that will require labeling on food that contains genetically modified ingredients, making it the first state in the nation to enact such legislation. The final version requires that four other states — with a combined population of at least 20 million people — pass similar legislation, and one of those states must border Connecticut.
Maine legislature easily passes GMO food labeling bill
Maine's Senate unanimously approved a version of the GMO food labeling bill, after House of Representatives approved LD 718 by a vote of 141 to 4. The final bill will eventually head to Gov. Paul LePage. Like Connecticut's newly passed GMO labeling law, Maine's bill will not go into effect unless other states follow suit and pass similar measures, including New Hampshire, the only state to share a border with Maine.
Massachusetts: Healthy vending legislation
This bill was introduced on Feb. 18, 2013, and seeks to expand access to healthy food choices in vending machines on state property. On June 11, 2013, the bill was heard by a Joint Committee on Public Health and is now eligible for an Executive Session.
Virginia launches cents-per-gallon gas tax
Virginia's 2013 General Assembly has passed a measure eliminating the state's 17.5 cents per gallon gasoline and diesel taxes, effective July 1. For the period of July 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, the per-gallon-tax for gasoline will be 11.1 cents and the tax on diesel will be 20.2 cents.
Nevada governor vetoes menu-labeling legislation
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval recently vetoed a menu-labeling mandate that was adopted by the state legislature, but restaurant industry members say the issue may resurface. The legislation, AB 126, would have required restaurant chains with 15 or more locations in the state to post nutrition information on menus, including calorie counts.
Delaware: Business enterprise program
A bill was recently introduced in the Delaware legislature that broadens economic opportunities for blind residents of Delaware by creating snack bars, cafeterias and vending route facilities on federal, State and municipal properties. It grants priority to operate vending facilities on federal and state property; allows licensed participants in BEP to purchase materials and nonprofessional services under any central contract negotiated by the state.