State Issue Resources

FMI’s state government relations department 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.

State Affairs Issues Papers

The list below provides links to resources for our primary state affairs issues. However, it is not exhaustive of all the issues we follow. If you have a question or comment on any issue, please feel free to contact FMI's State Affairs Team

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For additional issue information, make sure to check out FMI's State Reports. These reports provide succinct information on emerging state and local legislation and evolving trends of interest.

Additional State Affairs Resources 

Wine in Food Stores Research Toolkit

FMI has compiled research pertaining to the economic impact of allowing wine to be sold in food stores. Several states prohibit the sale of all alcoholic beverages in food stores, giving a monopoly on such sales to single-purpose stores, known as "package stores." Over the years several of these states have opened their markets, at least to wine, or beer, or wine and beer. However, 17 states still prohibit, or severely limit, the sale of wine in food stores. FMI suggests 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. Here you will find the FMI Wine Study: The Economic Impact of Allowing Shoppers to Purchase Wine in Food Stores, FMI's press release, and related studies conducted in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Tennessee. 

Overview of State Alcohol Laws (As of March 2017)
Massachusetts / New Jersey Alcohol Study (November 2015) 
FMI Study Reveals the Economic Impact of Allowing Wine to be Sold in State-Restricted Food Retail Stores
FMI Wine Study
Connecticut Wine Study
Massachusetts Wine Study
New Jersey Wine Study
Tennessee Wine Study
Past FMI State Legislative Alcohol Research
Alcohol Abuse, Wine Consumption and Number of Retail Outlets for Wine
Sunday Sales Now Allowed in Connecticut (Updated 5/15/2012)

SNAP Distribution Expansion Toolkit

Currently, eight states issue SNAP benefits on only one day, and others, on just three days. This creates a bottleneck for SNAP recipients and customers, as grocery lines become frustratingly long, on that one day. In addition, retailers have stocking issues and labor concerns as well. Stocking can be difficult for a retailer when they have to deal with their shelves being depleted after only one shopping day, and it is also difficult to keep labor for only a day or two surrounding that one busy day of the month

  • FMI Support of SNAP Distribution Expansion
  • 50-State Monthly SNAP Benefit Issuance Schedule - FMI has compiled a 50 state chart detailing the distribution date of state SNAP benefits. 
  • Staggered Issuance Letter - In February 2012, USDA sent a letter to all states clarifying that USDA supports the staggering of SNAP benefits throughout the month – not just on a handful of days. In the letter, USDA asserts its stance:  “… issuing SNAP benefits on a single day or over a limited number of days instead of staggering issuance over the course of the month, puts an unnecessary strain on SNAP clients and on participating retailers by causing surges in customer traffic at SNAP authorized stores.”
  • Authority: States have the authority to stagger SNAP benefit issuance over the entire month as long as no participant goes longer than forty days between benefit issuance days.
  • Issuance Regulation Update and Reorganization to Reflect End of Coupon Issuance Systems” (Final Rule) Federal Register 75:69 (April 12, 2010) p. 18384 (§ 274.2 Providing Benefits to Participants)
  • Food And Nutrition Act of 2008: See: Sec. 7. (7 U.S.C. 2016) Issuance and Use of Program Benefits
  • Benefit Redemption Patterns in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - February 2011 Report Summary | Entire Report
  • Georgia Letter - Beginning in September 2012, Georgia will expand their SNAP benefit distribution dates. Here is a letter from the state DHS Commissioner announcing the upcoming change to the distribution schedule for SNAP benefits.
  • Here are two posters, one in English and one in Spanish that Georgia grocery stores may use to inform their employees and SNAP recipients of the change in SNAP distribution schedule. English | Spanish
  • North Carolina Letter - The NC Department of Health and Human Services wrote a letter detailing how their state successfully spread their SNAP distribution days from ten days to nineteen days in 2011. 
  • FMI Press - Shelby Report article on Tennessee SNAP Expansion with a national perspective by FMI