State Affairs

FMI’s state government relations department provides FMI member companies and state association executives with support to manage the wide range of state public policy challenges that impact the food industry.  FMI's state staff provides resources and information, hosts a series of informative regional meetings and helps build broad industry coalitions to mobilize members and other key players to respond to state and local policy initiatives of importance to our members. FMI also engages in grassroots activity to give our members the opportunity to participate in the legislative process.

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  • Vermont "Bans the Box" for Private Employers

    May 23, 2016
    Employee ApplicationEarlier this month, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) signed H. 261, a bill that prevents employers in the state from requesting any information regarding criminal history on an initial employee application form. Vermont had previously removed such questions on applications for state employment in an Executive Order last year.  Inquiries into criminal history are allowed during an interview or once the prospective employee has been “deemed otherwise qualified for the position.”
    Vermont becomes the eighth state to “ban the box” for both public and private employers (HI, IL, MA, MN, NJ, OR, RI), along with 13 cities. An additional 16 states and over 100 cities and counties have laws that cover only public employers. 
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  • Maine GMO Bill Amendment Seeking Public Referendum Fails

    Apr 28, 2016
    In Maine, an Amendment to a pending bill, L.D.  991 , has failed. Maine's genetically modified food products labeling law includes a delay of the effective date until mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food is adopted by at least 5 contiguous states, including Maine, by January 1, 2018 (this is known as a “trigger”). The failed Amendment would have asked the Maine voters to repeal the GMO labeling law trigger in favor of immediate mandatory labeling similar to Vermont. While that Amendment failed, a second amendment proposes to simply push out the repeal date from 2018 to 2022.
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State Issue Resources

  • Overview of State Food Product Dating Laws

    The FMI Guide to State Food Product Dating Laws provides a snapshot of  food product dating at the state level. In addition to providing a high-level view of the state-by-state picture, this report is also meant to be a jumping-off point for further in-depth research on any particular state. To that end, this document is “fully clickable,” meaning that we have provided hyperlinks to the relevant sections of code for further exploration, and to any guidance materials the state has provided.
  • The Impact of Changes in Off-Premises License Allocations in Massachusetts and The Implications for New Jersey

    An FMI study finds that of the 50 liquor licenses (out of more than 2,800) granted to holders who already held three licenses in Massachusetts, just 32 percent (16) were for supermarkets. The rest were wholesale clubs, c-stores, package stores, or discount stores. Based on the success of the Massachusetts law, the study finds, New Jersey should enact legislation to increase the amount of liquor licenses that are currently allocated. This will allow for more equity in the marketplace and reduce barriers for new businesses. 
  • The FMI Wine Study: The Economic Impact of Allowing Shoppers to Purchase Wine in Food Stores

    FMI has compiled research on the economic impact of allowing wine to be sold in food stores. The time has come for states to remove barriers and enable food retailers to create more jobs in local communities, help consumers reduce their daily travel needs, and provide new sources of revenues for overburdened state and local budgets.  
U.S. Map 50-State Legislative Outlook (2016)
FMI collaborates with its members and the state grocery and retail associations to annually compile this comprehensive document. This state-by-state report provides information on priority state issues for the current legislative session to provide members with insights on the issues they are likely to face. It also includes 2016 election information
State Issue Resources 
Current issue papers, fact sheets and other resources are available for a wide variety of priority issues including: SNAP, shopping bags, gift cards, weights and measures, item-unit pricing, product dating, alcohol sales and genetically engineered food. 

FMI StateTrac and iStateLink
FMI's 50-state legislative tracking services. These services allow you to create customized legislative reports focused on our industry's priority issues in your state and region.

State Legislative & Regulatory Toolkits

FMI State Affairs toolkits on legislative and regulatory issues.

FMI Cyber Security Information Page 
FMI's information and resources page on cyber security. Learn about industry best practices for avoiding data theft and access links to more in depth reports. 


FMI State Association Council and state resources links.

 Dan Shaul, Missouri Grocers Association
Congratulations to our 2016 Donald H. MacManus Award winner, Dan Shaul of the Missouri Grocers Association.  Please check out the FMI news release for more information.