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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE



Larry Deagon, Vice President Gourmet Coffee Service
Sandy Larson
Congressman Tony Cardenas
Pete Tullio, CFO, Gourmet Coffee Service
Ezequiel Olvera, The Gumball Foundation

Larry Deagon, Vice President Gourmet Coffee Service
Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra
Sandy Larson
Pete Tullio, CFO, Gourmet Coffee Service
Kate Bell, Capitol Advocacy, CAVC's Legislative Consultant


HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY


US Representative Learns About Advances in Office Coffee Technology During Visit to Gourmet Coffee Service
Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) visited Gourmet Coffee Service this past week said Sandy Larson, NAMA's Senior Director of Government Affairs.
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Georgia State Senator Steve Henson Learns About Advances in Vending Technology During Visit to Southern Refreshment Services
State Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson visited Southern Refreshment Services in Tucker, Ga., this past week, said NAMA Legislative Director Sheree Edwards.
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Alabama Congresswoman Marth Roby Learns About Advances in Vending and Food Service During Visit to the Pepi Companies in Dothan, Ala.
NAMA Board Member Vic Pemberton, founder of The Pepi Companies, hosted U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL) at the company's headquarters in Dothan, Ala., this week.
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California State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra Learns About Advances in Office Coffee Technology During Visit to Gourmet Coffee Service
California State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D–Pacoima) visited Gourmet Coffee Service this past week said Sandy Larson, NAMA's Senior Director of Government Affairs.
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NAMA Celebrates Advocacy Wins From Recent Elections
NAMA is celebrating two significant victories in ballot initiatives directly impacting the industry; one in Telluride, Colo., and one in Washington state.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


FDA Puts Trans Fat on the Chopping Block
The FDA has taken the first step toward eliminating the use of partially hydrogenated oils — the main dietary source of artificial trans fat — in processed foods, the agency announced in a notice scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Friday.
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FDA Chief Says that Menu Labeling Regulations Coming Soon
New regulations regarding menu labeling and calorie information are expected to be released soon, but writing the rules has proved more complicated than expected, according to a report by The Hill. At a Nov. 5 event sponsored by Bloomberg Government, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said she originally anticipated that the process of issuing the regulations, which are mandated by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, "[would] be one of the most straightforward tasks. Little did I know how complicated it would be." While the law requires the FDA to mandate calorie labels at restaurants, vending machines and "similar retail food establishments," determining which establishments count as "similar" is the most complicated step.
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Republicans More Optimistic on Farm Bill
House Republicans were more upbeat Thursday on getting a farm bill done this year, with Speaker John Boehner raising the subject and Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas saying he and his Senate counterparts are "getting to a common point on the commodity title."
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Tax Reform Schedule Slips as Republicans Eye Obamacare Gold
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp on Thursday signaled his quest to jump-start a tax code rewrite this year is on hold, after emerging from a meeting with Republican leaders deeply skeptical of stepping into a political minefield. The chief Republican tax writer has had to backtrack from steadfast pledges to introduce the first tax code overhaul in a generation this year, after skittish Republicans saw political gold in the botched rollout of Obamacare.
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STATE ISSUES


California: Richmond Activists Celebrates as Mexico Passes Soda Tax
After months of negotiations and trips by American public health experts to Mexico to speak with lawmakers there, the Mexican Congress passed a major budget reform bill that includes a one-peso-per-liter tax on sugary beverages and an 8 percent tax on fast-food restaurant sales. The unprecedented taxes were met with joy by activists in Richmond, who made global headlines last year in their failed bid to become the nation's first city to impose a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
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Colorado: Soda Tax Fails in Telluride
Voters in Telluride, Colo., have rejected a measure in a 683-313 vote that would have required a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages — an initiative that put the town of 2,300 people squarely in the growing fight over soda taxes in an effort to curb obesity and other issues.
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District of Columbia: Sales Tax Rate Change, October 2013
The District of Columbia is lowering its sales and use tax rate. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the rate decreased from 6 percent to 5.75 percent. The new rate applies to applicable sales made on or after Oct. 1, 2013. The old rate of 6 percent applies to purchases made prior to Oct. 1 but delivered on or after Oct. 1.
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New Hampshire: Divided House Panel Recommends Rejecting GMO Labeling Bill
A House committee yesterday dealt a blow to the effort to require special labels on food sold in New Hampshire if it's the product of genetic engineering. On a 12-8 vote, the House Environment and Agriculture Committee recommended the full House kill a bill that would require food products containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, to be labeled as such. Critics said the bill could be expensive to enforce, might be struck down by the courts as unconstitutional and addresses an issue that's more properly handled by the federal government.
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New Jersey: Voters Approve Amendment to Increase Minimum Wage
New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question today that will raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour in January and amends the state Constitution to tie future increases to inflation.
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Washington: Voters Rejected GMO Labeling Bill
The citizens of Washington State have voted against a bill that would have required the labeling of genetically altered foods, according to preliminary ballot results. Last Tuesday's ballots saw 35 counties out of 39 vote against the legislation backed by environmentalists.
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