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.

State Affairs Updates

  • Federal Government and States Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

    Oct 05, 2016
    The Southeast states are bracing themselves for the possibility that Hurricane Matthew could make landfall in the coming days, as it speeds toward the U.S. At this time, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared a State of Emergency, with possibly more states to follow. Either way, the potential for flooding is likely. For now, it looks like Matthew could veer into the Atlantic Ocean after the Carolinas; however, trajectories change and the aftermath of flooding exists for other states, so we will update this area as needed, including with the addition of other states and their resources, as they become available. Additionally, many of the state associations are in contact with their state government and have worked to make preparations for the industry, and are therefore very good resources. The following are the preparations that the federal government and Eastern seaboard states are making.
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  • SCOTUS To Hear NY Credit Card Fee Case

    Oct 05, 2016

    The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session this week and has agreed to take up Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman during this session, which ends in June 2017. As previously reported in State Report, New York General Business Law Section 518 says: “No seller in any sales transaction may impose a surcharge on a holder who elects to use a credit card in lieu of payment by cash, check, or similar means. Any seller who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or a term of imprisonment up to one year, or both.” In Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, the lower court held in favor of retail plaintiffs who claimed the New York law prohibiting surcharging infringed on their First Amendment right to free speech, hamstringing their ability to discuss pricing with their customers. In a 3-0 decision, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision, finding the state law regulates pricing, not speech.

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State Issues 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.

2016 50-State Legislative Outlook

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. Full Report

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.  

Additional State Affairs Resources

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.   

Please contact our State Affairs Team with any questions.