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MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE 6/3/13


- Friday, June 07, 2013



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VOLUME 13 ISSUE 16

 

JUNE 3, 2013

 

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CONFERENCE COMMITTEE BEGINS WORK ON FY ’14 BUDGET

On May 23 the MA Senate finished deliberations on its version of the FY ’14 state budget, with the House finishing its version of the budget on April 25.  Both proposals are now being reviewed by a Conference Committee to work out the differences before going to the Governor for his signature.  MFA is monitoring the progress of our item pricing amendment and the bottle bill expansion amendment, which are both contained in the Senate budget version and not in the House version.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS CONTINUE

Several Joint Committees of the Legislature are in the midst of holding public hearings on House and Senate bills.  Some of the more relevant legislative proposals to be heard or have been heard include:

·        S878/H1701/H1757 - Minimum Wage Increase - Several proposals to increase the state’s minimum wage.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development;

·        H1890 - Heimlich training - Legislation requiring eating establishments with customer seating to have an employee trained to remove food lodged in a person’s throat, as approved by the Department of Public Health.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

·        H1899 - Allergens - Legislation relative to restaurants handling of food allergens.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

·        H1913 - Posting health inspections - Legislation requiring food establishments to “conspicuously” post their most current sanitation inspection ratings.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

·        H1936/H2037/H2093 - GMO Labeling - Legislation relative to the labeling of food made of or through genetic engineering.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

·        H808 - GMO Labeling - Legislation relative to the labeling of food made of or through genetic engineering.  Hearing held on June 3 before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture;

·        H1946 - Prohibit Certain Fish Sales/Labeling - Legislation preventing the sale of “escolar” or “oilfish” and requires the proper labeling of certain species of fish.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

·        H1947 - Toxins in Fish Labeling - Legislation requiring fish to be labeled with information on the safety and risk factors of consumption based on toxin levels in the fish.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

·        S1059 - Labeling of Fish - Legislation requiring the proper labeling of fish species.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

·        H2007 - Trans Fat Ban - Legislation prohibiting the use of trans fat in preparation of food in the Commonwealth.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

·        H2087 - Polystyrene Ban - Legislation to prohibit food establishments from dispensing food in disposable food service containers made of polystyrene (excluding trays for uncooked meat, fish and eggs.  Hearing on June 11 before the Joint Committee on Public Health.

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MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE 6/3/13


- Friday, June 07, 2013



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