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Secretary of the Treasury files supplemental status report on changes to currency to accommodate blind and visually impaired
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Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner has submitted a supplemental report on the progress made to provide meaningful access to U.S. currency for blind and other visually impaired persons. Geithner reported that the Department of the Treasury has not yet established a timetable for the next currency redesign, which will include changes approved by the Secretary of the Treasury. The Secretary of the Treasury approved the recommendation of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to provide "meaningful access" to U.S. currency to the blind and visually impaired by: 1) adding a raised tactile feature 2) continuing BEP's program of adding large, high-contrast numerals and different colors and 3) implementing a supplemental currency reader distribution program for blind and other visually impaired U.S. citizens and legal residents.

NAMA has been tirelessly advocating on behalf of our members on this case, beginning in September 2005 when NAMA submitted an Amicus Brief in the U.S. District Court and in August 2007 when a brief was submitted in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Some of the original recommendations, including changing the size of currency, could have had a major impact and significant, if not devastating, cost to the vending industry. The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing program is intended to make changes in U.S. currency as mandated earlier by the Court to make U.S. currency more usable by blind and other visually impaired persons. The principal plaintiff in the original lawsuit was the American Council of the Blind. For more information, please contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.




Louisiana: Video gaming license
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Legislation was signed by the governor relating to the qualifications of applicants for alcoholic beverage permits. The bill provides that if the applicant is also applying for a video gaming license then he must meet specified qualifications; it also allows the sale, dispensing or distribution of alcoholic beverages in automatic vending machines in specified establishments and prohibits access to the machines by underage or intoxicated persons. For more information, please contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


Michigan: Tobacco tax law passed
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After almost a year, SB 930, sponsored by Senator Kahn, is on its way to the governor for his signature. The legislation will implement a new cigarette stamping technology, reimburse wholesalers for the cost of new stamping machines as well as other implementation costs; allow for both stamping machine manufacturers to provide machines; require RYO cigarette manufacturers to comply with all licensing, tax laws and regulations; and provide for aggressive, coordinated statewide cigarette and tobacco tax enforcement in the marketplace. For more information, please contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


North Carolina: 4th highest unemployment rate
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According to the April rankings of the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, North Carolina has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation. For more information, please contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


Ohio: Department of health proposal regarding micro-markets
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OH 17337 2012, the Department of Health proposal would update the FDA code, including the addition of new language regarding micro markets. For more information, please contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Wisconsin: Gov. Walker survives recall
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won his recall election, only the third time in the nation's history that a sitting governor had faced a midterm recall. Walker came under fire after he stripped collective bargaining rights from many public employees, infuriating labor groups in the state and around the country. This victory was a boon to Republicans and was interpreted by many as a preview of what the presidential election will look like in key swing states. For additional information, contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.

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