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HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY

Vending Restrictions Passed In Suffolk County, NY Prompt Reaction From NAMA
NAMA expressed concern about a local law passed yesterday to establish healthy food standards at Suffolk County, New York, facilities. "NAMA's Government Affairs division was in contact with the sponsoring legislator, Kara Hahn, asking for time to meet before the vote," said Eric Dell, NAMA’s SVP, GA. "However, the vote went forward on restrictions on vended product sales with language that makes compliance very difficult, if not impossible."
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Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council (MAMC) Launches New Website And Takes A New Direction
NAMA congratulates the Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council on the launch of their new website, reinvigorated leadership and reorganization. The website, www.MAMConline.org, will keep MAMC members informed about industry issues, advocacy efforts and upcoming business and networking association events. Read press release...
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New Mexico Board Of Education Considers School Regulations More Restrictive Than Federal Standards
The New Mexico Department of Education has issued a proposed rule placing restrictions on items that can be vended on school campuses that is far more restrictive than the USDA rules that went into effect July 1, 2014. The proposed rules may be accessed on the Department's website (http://ped.state.nm.us/) under the "Public Notices" link, or obtained from Michael A. Chavez, staff manager, Coordinated School Health and Wellness, by calling (505) 827-1822.

The proposed rules will allow only nuts, seeds, yogurt, cheese, and fresh fruit to be vended during the school day in middle and high schools. All other snacks can only be vended a ½ hour after the end of the school day. The proposed rule also restricts the size and type of drinks that can be vended on school campuses.

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NAMA To Participate In MDVA 2014 Convention In Boyne Falls, Michigan
NAMA senior team members Dan Mathews, Eric Dell and Sheree Edwards will attend the Michigan Distributors & Vendors Association (MDVA) 2014 Annual Convention Aug. 8-10 at the historic Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

MDVA, which hosts the event, represents two significant business segments in Michigan, including wholesale grocery and convenience distributors and vending machine operators. This year more than 220 attendees are expected, including MDVA members, their families and Michigan state legislators. Read press release...

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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


Sweet Act Is Sweet On Health
The SWEET Act is not the spoonful of sugar that will help the medicine go down for Big Soda but it is, indeed, the right prescription for the diseases brought on by excessive consumption of sugar drinks.

The Sugar Sweetened Beverages Tax Act would impose an excise tax of one cent per teaspoon of sugar or other caloric sweetener at the manufacturing level. It would dedicate the annual revenues, on the order of $10 billion, to the prevention and treatment of tooth decay, diabetes, obesity, and other diet-related diseases.

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Soda Tax: No Fizz
After a five-year respite, the prospect of a national soda tax is making waves once again. Recently, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation in the House to impose a national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The Sugar Sweetened Beverages Tax Act of 2014, or the "SWEET Act," would impose a one-cent per ounce tax on the sale or transfer of any specified sugar-sweetened beverage product by the manufacturer, producer or importer.
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Telemarketers, Vending Machines, Hunting
Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for vending machines, telemarketers, investigations of nuclear facilities, anti-theft requirements for pickup trucks, and hunting on Indian reservations.
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STATE ISSUES


California: Supervisors' Soda Tax Vote Isn't Good Omen For Backers
The debate at the Board of Supervisors over whether to tax sodas was so heated and fiery (for this congenial iteration of the board anyway), everybody could have used a cool, refreshing can of Coke. Diet Coke, people! Jeez. In all seriousness, Tuesday's surprisingly close vote of 6-4 in favor of placing a soda tax on the November ballot does not bode particularly well for supporters of the measure.
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California: San Diego Council Affirms Wage Increase
San Diego City Council members approved a series of increases in the city's minimum wage for a required second time on Monday, starting the clock on a likely mayoral veto and possible referendum drive against the controversial legislation. The council, which initially approved the wage hikes on July 21, again voted 6-3 along party lines — Democrats in favor and Republicans against — to raise San Diego's mininum wage to $11.50 an hour within the next three years.
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California Lawmakers Kill Measure To Ban Sale Of E-Cigarettes In Vending Machines
A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in California vending machines died in a recent Assembly committee as both sides accused the other of advancing the interests of tobacco companies at the expense of public health.
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Colorado: Right To Know Colorado Turns In 167,950 Signatures To Place GMO Labeling Bill On Fall Ballot
In a rally held at the Capitol steps in Denver on August 4, the Right to Know Colorado campaign to label GMO foods delivered 167,950 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State in support of Initiative 48, thus asserting Coloradans' desire to know if their food has been produced with genetic engineered or GMO ingredients.
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New York: Long Island Legislators Pass Healthy Vending Restrictions
Long Island's Suffolk County legislators passed a bill restricting the types of food vending machines in the area can supply to its customers, according to LongIsland.com. The bill, first brought before legislators in March, applies to county contracts on Suffolk Co. property. The restrictions mandate healthy foods be sold in vending machines, cafeterias and concessions stands and require a listing of caloric intake based on a product's size.
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