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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE


(From left to right:) Caroline Holden, Account Executive, All Star Services, Inc.; Devin Smith, Purchasing Manager, All Star Services, Inc.; Dan Lauwers, State Representative, 81st House District, Michigan House of Representatives; Jeffery Smith, President/CEO, All Star Services, Inc.; Suzanne Smith, Owner, All Star Services, Inc.; Duncan Smith, Vice President Operations, All Star Services, Inc.

HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY


Michigan State Rep. Dan Lauwers Visits NAMA Member All Star Services
Jeffery Smith, All Star Services CEO and NAMA Government Affairs Chair, hosted Michigan State Representative Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway Township) for a site visit on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Rep. Lauwers met with All Star Services staff, along with Michigan Distributors & Vendors Association (MDVA) President, Polly Reber, and Governmental Consultants Lobbyist, Steve Young.
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Advocacy In Action 2014: NAMA's Public Policy Conference
Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

NAMA's Board of Directors and Government Affairs Division are finalizing NAMA's Advocacy in Action 2014, the association's Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., taking place Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. Advocacy in Action 2014 is designed to focus on NAMA's top legislative priorities, including calorie disclosure, metallic content of coins, and health and nutrition.
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California/Arizona Annual Meeting Sept. 11-13 Reaches New Level In Grassroots Advocacy With Record Number Of Elected Officials
Janette Carter, CAVC President and Brian Loomis, AAMC President announce that the upcoming joint meeting for the California Automatic Vendors Council (CAVC) and the Arizona Automatic Merchandising Council (AAMC) will feature elected officials including Congressman Tony Cardenas, Congressman Paul Gosar and California State Senator Joel Anderson.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


Smart Snacks in Schools: What's In and What's Out
So long doughnuts, chips and soda in school vending machines. Snacks in schools will look a lot different when kids head back to classrooms this year. Under the new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards, which took effect nationwide in July 2014, most foods sold in schools will have limited fat, calories, sugar and sodium.
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Setting the Record Straight: Healthy School Meal Rules Allow for Bake Sales
Several recent media reports have misrepresented how the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act's Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards will impact school fundraisers like bake sales. USDA has given states complete authority to set policies on fundraisers and bake sales that work for them. States are free to allow fundraisers and bake sales featuring foods and beverages that don't meet the new standards during the school day if they choose. They, not USDA, are responsible for determining the number and the frequency of these events each year.
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Commercial Coffee Brewers Specification Version 1.0
The ENERGY STAR specification for commercial coffee brewers is currently under development. Materials related to this specification development process are provided below. Partners and other interested parties with questions or concerns regarding these materials or the specification development process can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at Kent.Christopher@epa.gov.
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Soda Tax Is The Wrong Medicine
Obesity, especially among children, is a problem in the U.S. In the past 30 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. The medical costs for Americans' excess poundage eat up 9 percent of U.S. health care expenditures, and half of those costs are paid through Medicare and Medicaid. Clearly, something must be done to stop this trend. A tax on sugary drinks is gaining support as a way to slow their consumption. But there must be better ideas than having government dictate the nation's diet through tax policy.
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Retired Generals Back FLOTUS in Food Fight
First lady Michelle Obama has an unexpected force backing her up in the simmering fight over school lunch standards: retired admirals and generals. Mission: Readiness, a group of nearly 500 former military leaders, is planning to "storm the Hill" when Congress comes back to town next month and urge lawmakers to keep new school nutrition standards intact.
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STATE ISSUES


California: Minimum Wage Veto Overridden
The San Diego City Council recently voted to override Mayor Kevin Faulconer's veto of gradual increases in the local minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017, starting the clock on a referendum campaign that business leaders have said they'll pursue. If opponents can collect the 34,000 valid signatures required for a referendum by Sept. 17, the wage increases will be held in abeyance pending an election in June 2016.
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Colorado: GMO Food Labeling Initiative Approved for Colorado Ballot Proposition
A proposition seeking the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms will be on the November ballot, the Colorado Secretary of State said. Signatures were verified for the ballot initiative — Proposition 105 — according to the group, meaning the question will go before voters in this year's elections.
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Massachusetts: Regulators Say Flavored Milk Can Stay in Public Schools
Got (flavored) milk? State regulators created an uproar when they considered banning chocolate, strawberry and other varieties of sweetened milk from schoolhouses three years ago as a way to help shrink the bulging waistlines of children. They delayed that action, and now flavored milk will continue to be sold in Massachusetts public schools under recently proposed nutrition rules.
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Michigan: Voters Approve Business Tax Cut
Michigan voters have approved a ballot measure to end a state tax on manufacturing and small business equipment. Proposal 1 will reimburse local governments for their lost personal property tax revenue by sharing a portion of the state's use tax.
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Vermont: Attorney General Files For Dismissal Of GMO Labeling Lawsuit
The Vermont attorney general recently filed a request with the U.S. District Court asking that it dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups challenging the state's new GMO labeling law.
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