July 23, 2014

Government Relations News-in-Brief

Association News

In June, commercial fishing organizations formed Seafood Harvesters of America. The association, which is comprised of fourteen commercial fishing organizations, is a 501(c)(3) and a 501(c)(4), and will work on behalf of Atlantic and Pacific commericial fishers. For details and their newly-launched website, visit http://www.seafoodharvesters.org/.

The International Franchise Association announced in recent weeks that it will file a legal challenge of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law. The association argues that franchises would be forced to adopt the new minimum wage within three years, while other small business have seven years. The association claims that this unwarily punishes independent franchise owners.

The Consumer Electronics Association blasted attempts by Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles to prevent Uber and Lyft from operating in the state. CEA President Gary Shapiro wrote in a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe that “The DMV’s action is anti-consumer, denying Virginians the ability to use Uber to provide affordable, safe and reliable transportation alternatives.” For the full letter, click here

In a bid to prevent lottery tickets from being sold via the Internet, the National Association of Convenience Stores is backing a proposed ban on online gaming. NACS SVP of government relations Lyle Beckwith outlines NACS’s objections, saying “I’m most concerned with the impact that the DOJ decision has had on the sale of lottery products. Lottery tickets should not be sold interstate on the Internet.”

National Retail Federation president and CEO Matthew Shay gave the commencement address at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The institute awarded Shay an honorary degree.

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