MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 2, 2015

MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 2, 2015


- Friday, February 06, 2015

MA HOUSE TO FILL VACANT LEADERSHIP, COMMITTEE CHAIRS SOON

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As the new legislative session begins, several key positions have yet to be assigned.  In total, there are 13 leadership, chairmanship or vice-chairmanship positions that were held by individuals who are no longer members of the House.  Assignments are expected to be made this month.  Senate President Stanley Rosenberg named senators to leadership and committee chairmanships on Jan. 21.  House Minority Leader Brad Jones has yet to assign an assistant minority leader and will need to assign a ranking Republican to the House Committee on Ways and Means, with Representative Vinny deMacedo moving on to the Senate to replace outgoing Senate President Therese Murray.  Open chairmanships and other positions are:

- Second assistant majority leader, which was held by Kathi-Anne Reinstein;

- House Rules chair, which was held by the late John Binienda;

- Asst’nt vice-chair of House Ways and Means, which was held by Cheryl Coakley-Rivera;

- House Ethics chair, which was held by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh;

- Community Development & Small Businesses chair, which was held by Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry;

- Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture chair, which was held by Sen. Anne Gobi;

- Financial Services chair, which was held by Michael Costello;

- Health Care Financing chair, which was held by Steven Walsh;

- Judiciary chair, which was held by Eugene O'Flaherty;

- Labor & Workforce Development chair, which was held by Tom Conroy;

- Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy chair, which was held by John Keenan;

- Veterans & Federal Affairs chair, which was held by Gov. Baker's Chief Secretary Carlo Basile;

- Public Health vice chair, which was held by Sen. Jason Lewis.

 

WIC CARD UPDATE

MA WIC has recirculated a notice they indicate was emailed to all retailers on November 25, 2014, informing them of a 50 item limit on WIC transactions.  They report that some retailers continue to encounter difficulties processing any transaction over this limit, which would be rejected at the register if the order exceeds this amount.  The notice reads; “Please note: ‘There is a 50 item limit for a WIC Card transaction.  If the store staff proceeds with the scanning of the WIC approved food items without realizing the 50 item limit, the WIC Card transaction will not be processed.  The staff will need to conduct two or possibly three separate WIC Card transactions in order for the WIC customer to successfully redeem their benefits.”  For a copy of the notice please contact MFA or the WIC Vendor Unit at 617-624-6100 or WIC Retail Store Hotline at 1-800-552-9425

 

FEMA INVITATION TO MFA MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with the MA Business Roundtable and University of MA/Boston is creating a White Paper that will focus on the financial and “social responsibility” benefits that businesses experience when they are prepared for disasters and can open for business soon after disaster strikes.  The UMass Boston team has interviewed executives from a number of large business and corporations in Massachusetts, and would also like to include case studies and other information from Massachusetts food retailers (“from the large chain supermarkets to the corner store operator”), manufacturers and/or wholesalers.  If you would like to participate contact Bruce Brodoff/FEMA at (617) 956-7517 or MFA for more information.

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MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 2, 2015


- Friday, February 06, 2015

MA HOUSE TO FILL VACANT LEADERSHIP, COMMITTEE CHAIRS SOON

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