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.

MacManus Award 2014 winner Jarron Springer
Congratulations to our 2014 Donald H. MacManus Award winner, Jarron Springer; past President of the Tennessee Grocery and Convenience Store Association.
Dave Davis, President of the Utah Food Industry Association, is recognized for his service on the FMI Government Relations Committee from 2012-2013.

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. 


FMI State Association Council and state resources links.