MFA NEWS SCAN JULY 28, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN JULY 28, 2014


- Monday, August 04, 2014



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MA LEGISLATURE FINISHES FORMAL SESSIONS IN A FLURRY

After a suspension of rules to continue working on important legislation past their Thursday, July 31 deadline at midnight, the Senate adjourned on Friday, August 1 at 1:05AM finishing up the final day of formal sessions for the 2013 - 2014 legislative session under the leadership of Senate President Theresa Murray.  The House adjourned shortly before at 12:58AM.  Some of the more relevant bills sent to the Governor’s desk for his actions, which must happen within 10 days of August 1 include:

  • H4377 (Section 109) - Legislation intended to create jobs and spur economic development which also sets a sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 16-17.  This legislation goes into effect immediately upon the Governor’s action;
  • H4375 (Section 12) - Legislation for the preservation and improvement of land creates a Massachusetts Food Trust and has a purpose to establish a “…financing infrastructure that increases access to healthy food options and improves economic opportunities for nutritionally underserved communities in urban, rural and suburban localities”.  This legislation goes into effect immediately upon the Governor’s action;
  • S2346 - Legislation relative to organized retail crime, which creates a category of “organized retail crime” and language to prosecute such crimes and allows retailers to sue an individual who has committed shoplifting.

As reported in recent News Scans, other relevant legislation that has recently been signed into law by the Governor includes:

  • Chapter 144 of the Acts of 2014 - Law that increases the state’s minimum wage and reforms the unemployment insurance system;
  • Chapter 158 of the Acts of 2014 - Law that increases penalties and possible suspension of liquor, tobacco and/or lottery licenses for store owners who “knowingly” allow the payment for such prohibited articles with direct cash assistance obtained through electronic benefits transfer transactions;
  • Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2014 - Law that further regulates pharmacist’s practices with regards to compounding and personal registration of pharmacists.

Other proposals that took up most of the end of the session but were passed by the Legislature in the waning hours of the 2013 - 2014 session dealt with domestic violence, gun violence, simulcasting and other last minute issues on their agenda.  They have all reached the Governor’s desk for approval.

MFA will be conducting an in-depth status report of all relevant legislation passed upon the Governor’s approval, suggested changes or veto of proposals sent to him for his review.  In the meantime, please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

FEDERAL NEWS FROM FMI AND NGA

  • U.S. appeals court upholds federal meat labeling regulation - A U.S. appeals court recently rejected a challenge to COOL labeling requirements for meat.  The labeling regulation requires retailers to list not just the country of origin of the meat, but also information on when and where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
  • FSIS announced its proposed rule to require all retail stores that grind raw beef products to keep records disclosing the identity and contact information of the supplier of all source materials that they use in the preparation of raw ground beef.
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MFA NEWS SCAN JULY 28, 2014


- Monday, August 04, 2014



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