NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE
Eric Dell, NAMA Senior VP of Government Affairs and Sandy Larson, NAMA Sr. Director & Counsel, Government Affairs, join Bill Walsh, Continental Vending, Anaheim CA, NAMA Chairman Emeritus at CAVC/AAMC Annual Meeting in Indian Wells California.
HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY
NAMA Public Policy Conference
NAMA Board Members, Members of the NAMA Government Affairs Committee and NAMA Emerging Leaders Network, along with NAMA staff will convene in Washington, D.C., on Monday for the NAMA Public Policy Conference. While the shutdown of the government will impact the conference, the NAMA Government Affairs team has leveraged the still-confirmed education and advocacy meetings to ensure the success of the overall effort. The meetings scheduled with members of Congress will proceed as planned.
Office Coffee Service: On the Agenda At NAMA's Public Policy Conference
NAMA's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Eric Dell, together with NAMA members who focus on office coffee service, will meet with Members of Congress at NAMA's Public Policy Conference next week.
Micro Markets: An Industry Growth Driver and Focus of NAMA's Public Policy Conference Discussions
"We are solidifying final preparations for NAMA's Public Policy Conference (PPC) in Washington, D.C. and are positioned for success regardless of the government shut-down," according to Eric Dell, NAMA's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE
SAVE II Act Could Prohibit Minting of Certain Coins and Currency
The intention of the SAVE II Act is to generate savings to the U.S. Government by eliminating duplication and increasing efficiency. One of the provisions of the bill would prohibit the "non-cost effective" minting and printing of coins and currency. While this change would prohibit the production of the cent and nickel which cost more than their respective denominations to produce, it could also prohibit the U.S. Mint from producing bullion coins and U.S. Mint numismatic products which cost far more than their denominations to produce.
Senate Seeks to Reverse Law on Genetically Modified Crops
The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles.
District of Columbia: Government Operations Hearing on Workplace Wellness Act
The Committee on Government Operations will convene a public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. to discuss B20-0049, the Workplace Wellness Act of 2013. The stated purpose of the "Workplace Wellness Act of 2013" is to establish a workplace wellness policy for the District government; to provide for healthier options in vending machines under District control; and permit a healthy retail food vendor in the John A. Wilson Building.
Oregon: Special Session Results in Passage of Bills Dealing With Taxes, Pension Reform and GMO Crops
After a series of false starts and cliffhanger moments, Oregon lawmakers wrapped up a three-day special session Wednesday, passing a package of bills that rein in public pension costs, rejigger taxes and prevent local governments from banning genetically modified crops.
Pennsylvania: State House Passes Bill Giving School Districts Tax Reform Options and Holds Off on Sales Tax Expansion
House Bill 1189, which supporters say offers school districts multiple options for relieving their tax burdens, passed this week in the state House of Representatives. However, a controversial amendment to the bill that would have eliminated local educational property taxes was defeated on Tuesday in a 138 to 59 vote. The amendment, called for statewide elimination of the property tax and an increase in sales and personal income taxes. The net result of the amendment — if passed — would have been a massive expansion of the sales tax to many items that are currently exempt. Thus state's current 6% tax rate (and up to 8 percent in some jurisdictions) would have applied to almost all food and beverages sold in vending machines, as well as convenience and grocery stores. Further, the amendment would cut around $13 billion from state school funding — replacing it with only $10-11 billion in new revenue from expanded sales taxes, and increased the personal income tax by 40 percent. The bill was actively opposed by lobbyists for the Pennsylvania vending industry, who were instrumental in its defeat.
San Jose, Ca: City Council Votes for Healthier Vending Machine Fare
The San Jose City Council voted Tuesday to require city vending machine contractors to ensure that three out of four of the snacks and drinks they stock in machines on city property are healthy fare that is low in sugar, salt and fat. The vote raises a 2006 requirement that half the vending machine fare be healthy.
Seattle, Wa: Mayor Proposes Soda Tax to Fund City Parks
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed a penny per ounce tax on soda with the funds earmarked for Seattle Parks. He says the tax hike could create a steady stream of $20 million each year. The penny-per-ounce tax hike idea is designed to discourage unhealthy activities and pay for parks. It would apply to all sugary drinks sold in city limits, but would exclude diet sodas.