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Department of the Treasury opposes attempt to set specific dates for currency redesign
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The Department of the Treasury is opposing the American Council for the Blind's ongoing attempts to have the Court of Appeals set specific dates for currency redesign.

The ACB has requested the court direct the Secretary of the Treasury to furnish specific dates by which the currency will be redesigned. They also requested that the Secretary submit a detailed implementation plan describing specific steps to implement three accommodations selected by the Secretary to provide meaningful access to U.S. currency to the blind and visually impaired: 1) adding a raised tactile feature 2) continuing to add 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.

The Department of the Treasury has opposed the ACB's request arguing that the timing to provide meaningful access should remain tied to the next redesign of the currency for counterfeit deterrence. In a declaration filed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Director Larry Felix set forth the steps already taken to date to comply with the 2008 Order by the Court. The BEP has made significant progress in identifying the best approach to provide meaningful access and the recommendations were included in the report submitted by the Secretary of the Treasury to the court for approval. Secretary Felix argues that the BEP has made significant progress toward implementing the Secretary's decision including incorporating large, high contrast and different colors on the currency. This feature has already been incorporated into currency redesign beginning in 2003. The BEP is also working on the development of the currency reader program and working on methods of distributing these readers to the blind and visually impaired. The BEP has taken extensive steps to access the viability of various tactile features including looking into the features incorporated into foreign currency. In the interim, the BEP unveiled a mobile device application to increase accessibility to Federal Reserve Notes. The matter will now be decided by the Court of Appeals. For more information, contact Sandy Larson at

Register today for the 2012 SEVA Convention!
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Join the state councils of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee in Destin, Fla., for the 2012 SEVA Convention Aug. 8-10 at Sandestin Resort. The convention will feature first-rate education, with speakers such as NASCAR legend Kyle Petty, vending technology specialist and MSU Professor Dr. Michael Kasavana, NAMA President and CEO Carla Balakgie and NAMA Regional Legislative Director Sheree Edwards. In addition to that amazing line up of speakers, we will have two panel discussions featuring micromarkets and coffee developments. There will also be plenty of time to relax and spend time with your friends and colleagues at the evening social functions, live auction, golf tournament and volleyball tournament. This is not just an event for operators and suppliers, but for spouses and families as well. So bring the family to SEVA and enjoy some fun in the sun! For further convention details and to register online, please visit . For additional information contact Kim Radulski at

SEVA now accepting applications for Alan Plaisted scholarship
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A scholarship program in honor and memory of Alan Plaisted, long-time owner/operator of Southern Refreshment Services, active member of the Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council, industry leader and avid supporter, visionary and honored chairman of SEVA, has been established by SEVA to advance educational opportunities for all SEVA state members. SEVA is now accepting applications for this exclusive scholarship. This year's scholarship committee has approved one all-expenses paid scholarship to the 2012 MSU/NAMA Executive Development Program, Oct. 21-25. The 2012 recipient will receive full tuition to this program valued at $2,975, plus airfare/transportation costs and lodging. Contact Kim Radulski at for further information on eligibility requirements and the application process.

Florida: School board votes to ban energy drinks in district schools
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The Manatee County School Board in Florida has voted unanimously to ban energy drinks in the district's schools. Teachers say the drinks are making students too restless to pay attention in class. The beverages will not be available in vending machines or cafeterias, and students will be prohibited from bringing them from home. Failure to adhere to the ban, which will take effect this school year, will result in a warning, followed by a suspension if the student is caught again. For more information, contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

New York: NYSAVA and NAMA establish relationship with the New York City Department of Health regarding vending standards
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On Thursday, July 19, representatives from the National Automatic Merchandising Association and the New York State Automatic Vending Association met with Andrew Goodman, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and other key Department officials, and established an important working relationship.

The meeting was set to discuss New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's executive order that established strict healthy standards for food/snack and beverage vending on City property. The standards, which went into effect in December 2011, were promoted by NYCDOH to private vending locations via fliers containing language suggesting that locations "decide whether vending machines are necessary and consider removing machines if possible."

During the meeting, the NAMA government affairs team expressed that pressuring private businesses to conform to the standards is not the way to get consumers to make better choices; and that vending is a retail channel linked to an economy of small businesses, jobs and valuable revenue sources that benefit New York City as a whole. They also discussed how proactive NAMA has been in the healthy vending arena with the Fit Pick program. NYSAVA representatives educated the NYDOH on the NYC vending industry's response to the need for healthier products through innovative technology and consumer demand.

The meeting resulted in an agreement by the NYCDOH to review metrics and trends related to healthier vend choices in New York City. The Department also agreed to work with NAMA on communications sent out to the private sector regarding vending to ensure that the messaging is consistent, and that private locations are aware that the Standards are voluntary. For more information, please contact Sheree Edwards at

North Carolina: Removing soda from YMCA's in Western North Carolina part of a 10-year strategic plan
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The new policy is part of the YMCA's Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative started in 2008. The YMCA's five WNC locations have removed all sodas and so-called "unhealthy beverages" from their vending machines, replacing them with water, flavored water and juice. For more information, contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

Oklahoma: Oklahoma high schools to test debit and credit cards in vending machines
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Students in some Edmond, Okla., high schools will be able to pay for their vending machine purchases with debit and credit cards in the coming school year. Vending sales dipped when the district changed to healthy options a few years ago, but have climbed in each of the past three years. For more information, contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

Virginia: Governor proposes tolls on I-95
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Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed that the Virginia Department of Transporation impose a toll on Interstate 95 in Virginia. The Federal Highway Administration has granted Virginia preliminary, conditional approval for one of the three federal pilot program slots that would allow Virginia to impose a toll on I-95, subject to final approval from FHWA. One of the other slots in this pilot program has been given preliminary, conditional approval for North Carolina to impose tolls on I-95. According to VDOT, 80 percent of Mainline Bridges on I-95 are over 40 years old, 72 percent of Mainline Pavement on I-95 is in need of maintenance, two-thirds of I-95 will be at or above Capacity by 2035. It is projected that travel time on I-95 will increase 40 percent by 2035. Toll revenue would be used to make pavement, structural, operational, capacity and safety improvements throughout the corridor. The proposal calls for Public Hearings in Fall 2012, with a goal to begin collecting tolls in Calendar Year 2013. A campaign in opposition to the proposal is being coordinated by the National Association of Truck Stop Operators, the American Trucking Association and the Virginia Trucking Association. For more information, contact Pam Gilbert at

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