MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE MARCH 11, 2013

MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE MARCH 11, 2013


- Wednesday, March 13, 2013



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MARCH 11, 2013

 

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MA LEGISLATURE BEGINS PROCESS

OF ASSIGNING BILLS TO COMMITTEES

The MA Legislature has begun assigning bills to their respective Committees and will soon begin the hearing process.  In the House 3,534 bills have been filed for the session, with 1,787 filed in the Senate.  MFA is in the process of reviewing all the proposals and flagging those that are relevant to our industry including (so far):

·        H1701/S878 - Legislation increasing the state’s minimum wage;

·        H1740/S853/S900 - Legislation establishing unpaid earned time off for parental, family and/or sick leave and for domestic abuse;

·        S744/S1598/S1588/S1614 - Bottle bill expansion and handling fee;

·        H696/H787/S359/S1350 - Prohibits the distribution of non-compostable plastic bags or the distribution of any plastic bag in MA or creates a tax on their distribution;

·        S370/S369/S953- Prohibits polystyrene packaging use or sale in MA.

Other proposals have been introduced on workers compensation, health care, food labeling, tobacco sales in pharmacies, establishing a sales tax holiday, EBT/SNAP benefit fraud, unemployment insurance, solid waste, water conservation, shoplifting and the sale of alcohol.

 

MFA TO TESTIFY AT MARCH 13 HEARING ON HANDLING FEE

On Wednesday, March 13 MFA will testify at an Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) Public Hearing on a proposed increase in the state’s handling fee for redemption centers.  EOEEA proposes to increase the fee per container from 2.25¢to 3.25¢ only for those containers redeemed at redemption centers.  Under the regulations, food stores and others that sell beverages in containers subject to the deposit are defined as dealers.  Those operators who have filed with the Bureau as redemption centers are the only ones subject to the proposed increase in the handling fee.

 

FREE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO RECYCLE RIGID PLASTIC AND SAVE $$

Rigid plastic recycling has the potential to reduce waste and costs and increase recycling for grocery stores.  The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) is offering free technical assistance through Brown Sustainability Solutions for grocery stores pursuing a rigid plastic recycling program.  For more information contact MFA or visit Recyclegroceryplastics.org (click on Technical Assistance at the bottom of home page) or email ted.brown@brownsustainabilitysolutions.com and begin saving money.

 

MA REPRESENTATIVE MARKEY INTRODUCES FISH MISLABELING BILL

Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey recently introduced federal legislation to address seafood mislabeling of species of fish when served or sold to consumers.  The Congressman proposes a system to help federal investigators and consumers track seafood from “sea to plate”.  The proposal would require information such as species name, catch location and harvest method be made available to shoppers.  It also expands the ability of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to refuse entry of unsafe or fraudulent seafood shipments, particularly with a cheaper species such as tilapia which has been substituted for the more expensive species red snapper, or escolar for white tuna.  A similar fish fraud prevention proposal has been introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature (H1946) by Representative Fennell.

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MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE MARCH 11, 2013


- Wednesday, March 13, 2013



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