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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE



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HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY


Federal Motor Carrier Hours-of-Service Regulations
As of July 1, a number of new regulations went into effect in regards to commercial motor vehicle driving. Great controversy has arisen in response to these regulations, as they will hurt delivery operations for many suppliers.
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Small Businesses Hesitant to Hire, Say the Economy is Off Track
According to the U.S. Chamber's fifth quarterly small business survey, 1 in 5 small businesses anticipate to add employees in 2013 and 82 percent believe the national economy is on the wrong track.
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Calorie Disclosure Update: New Final Rule Projection
Final Action by the FDA on calorie disclosure rules has now been projected for September 2013. "We want to alert our members of new information related to calorie disclosure," said Eric Dell.
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The Save American Workers Act
Rep. Todd Young introduced HR 2575, the Save American Workers Act. This bill calls to repeal the 30-hour definition of "full-time employment" in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and restores the traditional 40-hour definition.
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Who Cares About Calories? Restaurant Menu Labels Don't Work, Study Shows
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University conducted a study on the effects of calorie information on a food menu. Julie Downs, lead author of the new study published in the American Journal of Public Health said, "Putting calorie labels on menus really has little or no effect on people's ordering behaviors at all."
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Pete Tullio Begins Term as NAMA Chair
NAMA announced that Pete Tullio has begun his one-year term as Chair of the association's Board of Directors. Tullio, Chief Financial Officer of Gourmet Coffee Service in Southern California, is an industry and Board veteran who was named the association's 2013 Industry Person of the Year at the 2013 NAMA OneShow.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


Proposed Legislation a Concern Regarding Potential Impact on Industry
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., proposed legislation that would prohibit companies that market unhealthy food to children to claim certain tax deductions.
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House Soon To Consider Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
The bill, HR 2542, will attempt to strengthen a law enacted over 30 years ago (the Regulatory Flexibility Act). The bill will expand the authority of the Small Business Administration's regulatory watchdog over agency rulemakings. It requires that agencies consider how their decisions may indirectly effect small businesses.
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STATE ISSUES


Iowa: Healthy Options In Vending Could Mean Lower Profits
A new healthier option proposal by Dr. Pepper/Snapple gives the city an estimated $59,721 profit that is down from the original number of $72,221. The Cedar Falls city council recently approved the contract for less guaranteed commission, but with healthier options.
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New York to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed GMO Labeling Law
New Yorks Assembly's Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection is holding a public hearing to discuss a bill, A.3525-A, that calls mandate the labeling of food ingredients developed from genetically engineered products. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. on July 30.
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