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

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Time is running out to comment on the proposed federal rules for calorie disclosure, all comments must be in by July 5. NAMA encourages all vending operators to send comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 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.

Recently the Center for Science in the Public Interest issued an action alert recommending that the final regulations be strengthened and that the FDA close the loopholes in the regulations. They would like to see more restrictions and more businesses covered by the regulations. It is very important that the FDA receives comments from the vending industry on how these regulations should be implemented.

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 .





Alabama: Nutrition labeling law
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House Bill AL H 195 was signed by the Governor on June 9, 2011. The purpose of this bill is to regulate the nutrition labeling of food that is a menu item in restaurants, food establishments, and vending machines for chains or vendors of 20 or less. Rep Johnson's goal is to standardize the nutritional labeling requirements in all cities of Alabama, and specifies that the provision would not affect the federal regulation of nutrition labeling under existing federal law. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


Arkansas: 2003 childhood obesity law seems to do little to change behavior
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For at least two decades, Arkansas has been among the heaviest states in the nation: By 2000, the state's obesity rate was 20 percent to 24 percent and rising. In 2003 then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee signed Arkansas Act 1220 into law. It was one of the most expansive pieces of legislation targeting childhood obesity in the nation. It restricted access to vending machines in elementary schools, created an advisory committee to make recommendations about nutrition and physical activity to the state Legislature, asked school districts to set up committees overseeing the health needs of children and families, implemented body mass index screenings of students, sending the results home to families as part of their report cards, and later as a separate letter. But those involved in evaluating the bill say that while schools have changed, behaviors of students and their families largely have not. According to the recent evaluation, in 2009 parents reported modifying recipes to make them more healthful about 2.1 times a month, down a little from 2.3 in 2004. The average number of times that families said they ate fast food each month increased from 5.9 to 6.6 during that same period. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org .


Arizona: Phoenix studying future of food tax
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It's been a little more than a year since Phoenix's emergency food tax went into effect, and city officials are thinking about whether to repeal the measure. Some elected officials and members of the public have called on the city to repeal the two percent tax on food. They claim that the money collected has been used to pay for employee raises and bonuses instead of keeping certain services and programs running. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has decided that the City Council will review the food tax in September, and he is creating a task force to develop recommendations as to its fate. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org .


California: Board meeting and education session to be held in Oakland
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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. The education session will focus on legislative issues including local and state matters that effect vending and businesses in general. 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: Los Angeles County health permit increase tabled for now
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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in California had proposed increasing the per machine health permit fee from $62.00 to $275.00 per machine. The fee applies to all cold food and coffee vending machines in Los Angeles County. A group of operators that do business in Los Angeles County met with the Director of the Environmental Health Division and his staff to discuss the fee increase and the health department's program related to vending machines. The director agreed to freeze the fee at the current rate and work with the vendors on a program that will accomplish the goals of the Health Department to protect the public and will not impose an undue burden on vending operators. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org .


Connecticut: Sick leave requirement for businesses with 50 or more employees
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The Connecticut House approved SB 913, legislation that requires businesses with 50 or more employees to grant workers one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours of work, up to a maximum of five days a year. The measure, which would exempt manufacturing companies, nationally chartered nonprofit organizations, day laborers, independent contractors and temporary workers, goes to Gov. Malloy, who has said he will sign it into law. It will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Connecticut: Rest stops to remain open
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The Connecticut Governor's budget included a provision to close all state rest stops. A member of the Connecticut Vending Association brought it to the association's attention, as the rest stops constitute significant business for vending operators. CVA and their lobbyist, Dolores Malloy, along with representatives of several other industries, including trucking and tourism, were able to convince the Governor to reverse this provision. ALL rest stops will remain open. CVA thanks its members, Dolores Malloy, and Tony Guerrera, Chairman of Transportation for this very successful effort. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org .


Florida: Proposal would restrict vending machines in public schools
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Adam Putnam, Florida 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 and Florida: Reminder of upcoming special elections
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  • 06/21/2011, Georgia Special Election. House District 113
  • 06/28/2011, Florida Special Election, House District 110
  • For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.



    Georgia: 26 states challenge the Affordable Care Act
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    A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard arguments last week in the challenge by 26 states to the Affordable Care Act. The judges didn't tip their hands as to how they will rule, expressing skepticism about the constitutionality of the law's health insurance mandate but also asking sharp questions of those opposing it. The 11th Circuit panel is the latest of three across the country to hear challenges to the health reform law, which could reach the U.S. Supreme Court before the 2012 presidential election. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


    Kentucky: Annual meeting June 24-26 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.


    Maine: Municipal health inspection amendments become law
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    ME H 875 was signed into law by the Maine Governor on June 1, 2011. The law amends the municipal licensing and inspection of campgrounds, recreational camps, youth camps and eating establishments; clarifies definitions for campgrounds, cottages, eating establishments, lodging places, vending machines, recreational camps and youth camps; adds definitions for health inspectors, public pools, public spas and sporting camps; repeals definitions for eating and lodging places, sanitarians and vending machine establishments. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


    New York: Please contact Chairman Farrell regarding increase of tax exemption for vending sales
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    The New York State Vending Association encourages all vending industry members to contact local assembly representatives immediately, asking them to support Bill Number A.5718 (Magee)/S.3445 (Libous). This amendment to the Tax Law would increase the exemption for food and beverages sold through vending machines from $0.75 to $1.50, effective January 1, 2012. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org


    North Carolina: Do recent education cuts violate previous court orders?
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    A judge in North Carolina has scheduled a hearing this month to determine whether recent education cuts violate previous court orders related to education spending. "The current financial difficulties of the state do not relieve, justify or excuse the State of North Carolina from its constitutional obligation to provide each and every child in North Carolina an equal opportunity to obtain a sound basic education," Judge Howard E. Manning Jr. of Wake County Superior Court wrote in announcing the hearing. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@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 will hold their Annual Meeting at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash., August 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.


    Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Mayor proposes tax on soda and sugary drinks
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    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is, once again, proposing a tax on soda and other sugary drinks as he and the City Council look for ways to help alleviate the Philadelphia School District's $650 Million deficit. A similar proposal was rejected by the lawmakers last year. The proposed 2 cents per ounce tax would bring in an estimated $80 million a year. If you work, live or do business in Philadelphia, the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council and NAMA encourages you to contact the Philadelphia City Council, to oppose this and any new beverage taxes on items like juice drinks, sodas, teas, sports drinks, and fountain sodas. Philadelphians can't afford the taxes or the job losses that could result. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


    SEVA Convention set for Aug. 3-5, 2011
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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 August 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! 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.

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