HARTFORD, CT -- Members of the Connecticut Vending Association turned out in force at the State Capitol Building on March 14 to educate legislators about the strides vending has made in providing healthier alternatives, and to distribute product samples. The Connecticut vendors also emphasized to lawmakers the importance of working together on any new legislation that involves the industry.
"The message was that we want to be a partner, and we need to be heard before -- not after -- legislation is passed," reported Eric Mueller of United Snack Group (Cheshire, CT), CVA's legislative director. "We shared that we can provide much insight, and can work together to keep our businesses healthy."
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Secretary of State Denise Merrill were among the high-ranking politicians to hear the vending association's message. Among the many lawmakers who attended the event and expressed their support were Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington), Sen. Len Suzio (R-Meriden) and Rep. Danny Rovero (D-Killingly), along with legislative aides of Speaker of the House Rep. Christopher Donovan (D-Meriden) and Rep. Ed Jutila (D- East Lyme).
"We even lobbied Congressman Larson on the way out of the building!" reported Eric Mueller. "Keep an eye out for a flow of emails coming, as we anticipate some good things on the horizon."
CVA will hold its next general membership meeting on Wed., April 4 at Dakota's Restaurant in Wethersfield. Details will be announced soon.
Photo | OPEN DIALOGUE: Sen. Len Suzio (second from left) discusses progress of healthier alternatives in vending and legislative hurdles facing the industry with CVA members. Joining the senator (l. to r.) are John Derrick, Burdette & Beckman (Manchester, CT); Mike Santos, Harold W. Young Inc. (Natick, MA ); Sharon Connors, Vistar; Mark Lathrop, Lathrop Vending (Uncasville); and CVA president Scott Miller, Maple Hill Farms (Bloomfield) and legislative director Eric Mueller, United Snack Group (Cheshire).