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NRF and other groups file lawsuit over swipe fee regulations
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The National Retail Federation, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Association of Convenience Stores and two retailers filed a lawsuit in federal court this week saying the Federal Reserve failed to follow key requirements of a 2010 law when it adopted a flawed cap on debit card swipe fees that took effect this fall. NRF and the other groups say the failure has allowed big banks to continue charging unjustifiably high swipe fees and has discouraged price competition among credit card networks. The regulations, which took effect Oct. 1, have also led to an increase in swipe fees for some small-ticket purchases, the lawsuit says. The suit was brought by NRF on behalf of both NRF and its National Council of Chain Restaurants division, which filed comments with the Fed earlier this year warning of the potential impact on small purchases. For more information, contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org .


No confirmed publication date for calorie disclosure rules
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The FDA cannot confirm a publication date for the Final Rule for Vending Machine Calorie Labeling. They are currently working on the final rule but it is unlikely it will be published by the end of 2011. When the final rule does publish, FDA will advise in the preamble when the rule will become effective. In establishing an effective date for the final rule, the FDA is considering all of the relevant comments that were received in a timely manner. For more information, contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org .



California: California schools move ahead with healthier meals
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A week after Congress backtracked on some key components of landmark school nutrition legislation, nutrition advocates are saying that the battle for healthy school food needs to be fought district by district, along the lines of what several California districts are already doing. In many school cafeterias around the state, including Los Angeles Unified, Yuba City Unified, and 14 school districts in Santa Barbara County, what the federal government does has less relevance than local initiatives already underway. In those districts, salad bars, cooking from scratch and eating local, organic produce are already on the menu. In August, LAUSD Chef Mark Baida implemented a new lunch menu providing more nutritious meals. In Yuba City, New York–trained Chef David Heggard has created food courts on the high school campus that offer meals cooked from scratch, such as barbecues each day and stir-fry in the Chinese restaurant. In Santa Barbara County, fourteen school districts are participating in s'Cool Food, a 10-year initiative supported by the Orfalea Foundation, a Santa Barbara–focused philanthropy started by Paul Orfalea, the founder of Kinko's. For more information, contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


Connecticut: Vending Association legislative dinner meeting Dec. 8
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The Connecticut Vending Association will hold a dinner meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8, at LaNotte Restaurant in East Windsor, Conn. A highlight will be two guest speakers, state Sen. Len Suzio and state Rep. Juan Candelaria, who will discuss Connecticut's recently passed jobs bill. CVA's lobbyists will also provide a legislative update. A cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and the business meeting. The meeting is open to members, nonmembers and guests. Please contact Mark Lathrop of Lathrop Vending at 860-705-4358 for registration details. For more information, contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Georgia: Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council meeting Dec. 12
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GAMC, the Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council, will host a year-end meeting, dinner and subsequent 2012 planning discussion at their headquarters on the 7th floor of 2300 Lakeview Parkway, in Alpharetta, Ga. on Monday Dec.12, at 4:30 p.m. Plan to join them for an early dinner hosted by GAMC. Spouses or guests are welcome; they encourage ALL to be there. The office is located in a secure building; elevator access to the seventh floor will be restricted as of 6 p.m., so please plan to arrive as close to 4:30 p.m. as possible. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org by Friday Dec. 2nd.


Illinois: Chicago mayor proposes advertising on city vending machines
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As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2012 budget plan to raise $25 million from marketing the city of Chicago, his administration is asking marketing firms to help identify opportunities and negotiate contracts with potential advertisers. Emanuel not only wants to sell ad space on bridge houses and trash cans, he is proposing selling exclusive rights to vending machines at city facilities and allowing promotional sponsorships of public programs. The ad solicitation is only the initial step in marketing plans and breaks public assets into six categories, including physical property, vending and product licensing, mail and the city's website. For additional information, contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


Pennsylvania: Earned Income Tax Collection System mandatory for employers Jan. 1
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Is your business ready? Pennsylvania Act 32 of 2008 provided for a restructuring of the Earned Income Tax Collection System for Pennsylvania local governments and school districts. The Act provides a 3-year implementation plan with full implementation to be mandatory beginning Jan. 1. The Act requires county-wide participation for earned income tax collection including the establishment of new tax collection offices. Requirements of Act 32 were effective Jan. 1, 2011 but not mandatory until 2012. For information on the process, contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Wisconsin: New bill would introduce additional sales and use tax
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A bill has been introduced that would allow Milwaukee County to impose an additional sales and use tax at the rate of no more than 1 percent of the sales price of certain tangible items. These items would include personal property, goods and services sold or used in the county. The tax would be used to pay for parks, recreation and culture, transit services and public safety. Existing law states that the county may impose a sales and use tax at the rate of 0.5 percent of the sales price of tangible personal property, goods and services sold or used in the county. The existing county sales and use tax may be imposed only for the purpose of reducing the county's property tax levy. For additional information, contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.

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