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HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY

USDA Official Audrey Rowe and Monumental Vending's Craig Kushner Join Oxon Hill High School Students

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Audrey Rowe, who participated in a meeting with NAMA members and staff at the recent Public Policy Conference, will visit Oxon Hill High School this week as part of ongoing national school lunch celebrations.

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Members Of Congress Request Extension For EPA Comment Period On Snap Refrigerant Program; NAMA Submits Comments
Five members of Congress requested an additional extension to the comment period for a proposed ruling on ingredient substitutes under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to Eric Dell, NAMA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

NAMA filed comments on this issue to the EPA on October 20 on behalf of the refreshment services industry, meeting the original deadline extension for the comment period. Read Press Release...

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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


Congress Pressed for Prompt Decision on Tax Extenders
The IRS is warning Congress that decisions about renewing tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013 must be made by late November or next year's tax-filing season could be seriously disrupted.
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Don't Shy Away From Healthy Vending — Use It To Promote Yourself
Positive press is something every small business owner should want. It does double duty bringing your business to the top-of-mind for area business partners and reaffirming the company's commitment to those partners, as well as the community. And at times, positive press opportunities call you on the telephone and demand to be answered — such as a location calling to ask for more "healthy" products in the vending machine.
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Students Get Early Taste of Healthy Vending Machines
Victor Andrew High School students literally got a taste of their school's new plan for improving their health when the owners of H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Vending visited to distribute free samples during lunch periods.
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Candy: The Next Battle in America's Health War?
On almost every day of the year, Room W471 on the fourth floor of Chicago's enormous McCormick Place convention center is as unremarkable as any corporate meeting room you might imagine. It is gray. Or perhaps beige. Or is it a dull blue? Never mind. It is the efficient non-identifiable hue of how business gets done in 21st-century America. But on this day something magical is taking place in Room W471.
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STATE ISSUES


California: In Berkeley, Soda Tax Measure Is New Front in Social Activism
Berkeley, the originator of movements ranging from Free Speech to Healthy Eating has a new cause: taking on the soft drink industry. On Nov. 4, the city's voters will decide whether to tax sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
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California: San Diego Wage Hike Headed for Ballot
San Diego voters will get a chance to decide in June 2016 whether the city should have a higher minimum wage than the state requires. City Council members voted unanimously Monday to go to the ballot with legislation that would increase the local minimum wage to $11.50 an hour in January 2017, with further increases indexed to inflation each year.
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California — Election 2014: San Francisco, Berkeley Consider Soda Taxes
When it comes to the 2014 election, the Bay Area is ground zero on a fight being watched across the country. Both Berkeley and San Francisco voters are considering soda taxes. They're not the first cities to try to slap a tax on sugary beverages. In California alone Richmond and El Monte tried similar measures in 2012 — and failed. New York City tried to ban large servings — and failed.
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California: Campaign Against S.F., Berkeley Measures May Fall Flat
The only visible opponents of the soda tax measures in Berkeley and San Francisco are none other than the soda-pop makers themselves. There's no groundswell of opposition from soda drinkers, no libertarians or Tea Party members rushing to lend support to the super-size-me crowd. The makers of soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks are trying to defy the odds and take on every city or government entity that tries to place a tax on their products — and so far it has worked. Since 2009, the American Beverage Association has helped defeat at least 30 tax proposals from Washington state to Maine. In 2012, it helped defeat a soda tax proposal in Richmond.
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California: Some Councilmembers Want to Slow Down Los Angeles' Minimum Wage Proposal
A motion from the Los Angeles City Council seeks economic studies on a proposed increase to the minimum wage. The council members also want to look at alternatives to the proposal currently under consideration. Five members of the Los Angeles city council put forward a proposal Tuesday that would slow down the city's push toward increasing the minimum wage by calling for a full economic study on how businesses and non-profits could be affected by higher wages.
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Colorado: Food Companies Spending Millions to Fight Label Requirements in Colorado
Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to need labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their corporations. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to defeat Proposition 105.
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Vermont Farmers, Food Industry Reps React to GMO Labeling Proposals
Last spring, Vermont became the first state to enact a controversial law that requires labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, commonly referred to as G.M.O.s. The Grocery Manufacturer's Association and other groups are suing Vermont in federal court. While that case is pending, Vermont lawmakers are tweaking the specifics of the new rules and presenting the proposals in a series of public hearings.
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