Government Affairs

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.


Save the Dates!

2014 Day in Washington
Wednesday, April 30 - Thursday, May 1, 2014

2014 State Issues Retreat
Monday, August 4 - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

 

FMI G.R. Committee member and Virginia State Delegate Israel O’Quinn speaks on his patent reform legislation, which passed the Virginia House of Delegates 98-1.   

FMI State Affairs Updates

April 15, 2014
State Issues Report - April 15, 2014

April 8, 2014
State Issues Report - April 8, 2014

March 28, 2014
State Issues Report - March 28, 2014

March 14, 2014
State Issues Report - March 14, 2014

February 26, 2014
State Issues Report - February 26, 2014

February 12, R-3-28-14 2014

State Issues Report - February 12, 2014

February 4, 2014
State Issues Report - February 4, 2014

January 29, 2014
State Issues Report - January 29, 2014

January 15, 2014
State Issues Report - January 15, 2014

January 10, 2014
2014 State Legislative Outlook

December 17, 2013
State Issues Report - December 17, 2013

October 22, 2013
State Issues Report - October 22, 2013

October 2, 2013
State Issues Report - October 2, 2013

September 20, 2013
State Issues Report - September 20, 2013

September 5, 2013
State Issues Report - September 5, 2013

August 16, 2013
State Issues Report - August 16, 2013

June 28, 2013
State Issues Report - June 28, 2013

June 12, 2013
State Issues Report - June 12, 2013

May 15, 2013
State Issues Report - May 15, 2013

April 26, 2013
State Issues Report - April 26, 2013

April 11, 2013
State Issues Report - April 11, 2013

March 22, 2013
State Issues Report - March 22, 2013

March 15, 2013
FutureConnect Association Council Group Advantage Program
Here you will find your Association Council Group Advantage Program commitment  for FMI’s FutureConnect.  There are no minimums to meet in order to register as a group.  The digital brochure for FutureConnect can be found here and additional information can be found at www.fmifutureconnect.com.  More information is below, and we hope to see you in Orlando!

March 5, 2013
State Issues Report - March 5, 2013

February 7, 2013
Statement by New Jersey Food Council on Senate Vote and Assembly Committee Consideration of Surcharge Bill
We wanted to share with you a statement that Linda Doherty, President of the New Jersey Food Council, released to the press and members of the New Jersey senate and assembly last night. The statement clearly and concisely addresses a bill in New Jersey that prevents merchants from surcharging credit cards.

January 18, 2013
2013 State Legislative Outlook
FMI and its members annually compile information on priority state issues for the current legislative session to provide insight on the likelihood of passage for proposed legislation.

November 29, 2012
FMI StateTrac Webinar Recording Available
FMI Hosted a webinar on its new legislative tracking service, StateTrac, powered by State Net. For those who could not participate, a recording is available here on the FMI website.
 
October 31, 2012
Post-Sandy Information and Updates (11/28/2012)

September 11, 2012
2013 State Legislative Session Calendar
A guide, provided by Stateside Associates, to the 2013 legislative session calendar in all 50 states. 

July 24, 2012
FMI State Affairs Press
Shelby Report article on Tennessee SNAP Expansion with a national perspective by FMI
   
May 21, 2012
FMI Letter on SNAP Food Choice
A letter on SNAP food choice was submitted to the Chairs of the Texas House Committee on Human Services and the House Committee on Public Health for distribution during a hearing on May 22, 2012, to "evaluate the desirability and feasibility of incorporating nutritional standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)," among other issues.

 

FMI Northeast Regional Meeting, November 2013. FMI hosts four regional meetings every fall to assist FMI member companies and state retail and grocery associations in preparing for the upcoming legislative sessions. 

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean speaks about The Weight of the Nation before FMI State Issues Retreat attendees. He took part in a four piece HBO miniseries that addressed the problem of obesity in America. Mayor Dean spoke about how he reinvented Nashville into a city with new sidewalks, parks and greenways - all with a focus on physical fitness.



State Issue Resources

State Issue Papers 
Current legislative charts, statutes, talking points, and strategies are available for a wide variety of issues including: SNAP, gift cards, Main Street Fairness, Multi-Purse Co-Branded Benefit Cards, and item and unit pricing. (Updated 9-20-12)  

State Legislative Outlook (2013)
FMI and its members annually compile information on priority state issues for the current legislative session to provide members with insights on the likelihood of passage for proposed legislation.
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. 

Links

FMI State Association Council and state resources links.