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Department of Energy compliance date extended

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In a ruling issued by the Department of Energy, the deadline for energy compliance testing for bottled or canned beverage vending machines has been extended to Aug. 31, 2012. All manufacturers of bottled or canned beverage vending machines included in this regulation must bring their designs into compliance by the compliance date to continue to distribute them in commerce. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.



Arizona: Arizona Competitiveness Package
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The Arizona Competitiveness Package went into effect June 30, and while the business tax cuts that formed its foundation won’t start phasing in until 2014, several provisions will take root immediately. Starting July 1, companies became eligible for a $3,000-per-year tax credit for new jobs. To qualify for the three-year tax credits, a company must invest at least $5 million and create at least 25 new jobs in urban areas, or $1 million and five new jobs in rural areas. The companies must offer at least their county's median wage and pay at least 65 percent of employees' health care costs. In addition, the Arizona Department of Commerce will officially transition to the Arizona Commerce Authority, a public-private economic development agency promoted by Gov. Jan Brewer. After a new board of directors is in place the Commerce Authority will begin awarding money from Arizona Competes, a $25 million deal-closing fund the agency can use to cover some infrastructure costs for incoming businesses. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


California: Vending on state property bill passes out of health committee
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AB 727, introduced by Assembly Member Holly Mitchell, D-Calif., has passed out of the Senate Health Committee and will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will 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 California Automatic Vendors Council opposed the bill in the Health Committee 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. CAVC will continue to oppose this legislation and encourages all California vending operators to contact their California State Senators and ask them to vote against the bill if it reaches the Senate Floor. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


Illinois: Governor signs bill to overhaul workers' compensation law
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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed a workers' compensation reform bill that is estimated to reduce employer costs by $500-600 million per year. The new provisions will reduce medical fee schedule costs by 30 percent, establish the use of AMA guidelines to determine impairment, establish preferred provider networks, strengthen the statutory provisions for utilization review and cap wage differential awards. The bill also overhauls Workers Compensation Commission standards, training, operations and personnel appointments. The changes went into effect July 1, although there are some aspects that may require several months for implementation. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


New York: Bill addresses destruction of seized and forfeited cgarettes
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NY S 3649, pertaining to the destruction of seized and forfeited cigarettes passed the assembly. The bill allows the resale of cigarette vending machines; the money will be used for the state general fund but discontinues the practice of selling such cigarettes to inmates or secondary retailers; it grants the holders of the trademark of the seized product to examine the goods to identify fraud techniques and allows the state to retain small amounts of the seized goods that do not violate any federal counterfeit laws to be used by law enforcement in sting operations that fight illegal distribution of cigarettes. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Ohio: Expanded vending definition removed from budget
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The Ohio Automatic Merchandising Association reported its disappointment that an expanded definition of vending was removed from the final version of the budget which Governor Kasich signed on June 30th. It had been included in the Senate version of the budget. OAMA reports that the deleted provision would have accommodated the 'open market' concept, also referred to as an unattended or micro-market. Ohio law does not currently have a food service licensing category where the open market concept fits. OAMA intends to pursue stand-alone legislation in the House and Senate that would accomplish this goal. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Pennsylvania: No new taxes in 2011-2012 budget
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Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $27.15 billion general fund budget for fiscal 2011-12 that contains no new or increased taxes. The spending level is about 4 percent lower than the 2010-11 budget and includes substantial cuts in education, economic development and social welfare programs while providing some $300 million in tax cuts for businesses. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


SEVA: Seeks applicants for Alan Plaisted Scholarship
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The Alan Plaisted Scholarship Fund was set up by SEVA in 2009 to honor the memory of longtime SEVA and GAMC member Alan Plaisted and to further the educational opportunities for SEVA state members. The fund is offering an ALL-EXPENSES PAID scholarship to the 2011 NAMA Executive Development Program, which will be held Oct. 23-27 at Michigan State University. The scholarship winner will receive one seat to the EDP valued at $2,975, plus lodging and travel expenses. To be eligible for the scholarship you must be a current full-time employee of a NAMA member company in one of the six SEVA states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) and must be a current member of AVA, AMAF, GAMC, VMOL, MAMA or TAMA. The application deadline is July 15. For additional information or to request an application contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@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 family fun! It will be held Aug. 3-5 at the beautiful Sandestin Resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. Keynote speakers during the three-day event include Joe Theismann, former NFL quarterback, and Brad Bachtelle of Bachtelle and Associates. In addition, there will be a panel on the "Future of Vending," featuring industry leaders Dennis Hogan (CEO of Canteen), Brad Ellis (President of Crane) and Tom Barlow (Senior VP of Vending/Wholesale at Coca Cola Refreshments). Other events include a golf tournament, beach parties, a luau, a volleyball tournament and much more! Please visit www.vending.org/seva to register today. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.

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