NAMA Hails Growth In State Associations Holding Annual Lobby Days

Posted On: 2/1/2019

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CHICAGO — The National Automatic Merchandising Association reports that the list of affiliated state councils and other state associations conducting Lobby Days this year has increased by two. Members of the Pine Tree Vending Association (Maine) will assemble to speak with state legislators in Augusta on February 28, and a group of NAMA member companies from West Virginia will visit Charleston to meet with state officials.

Click here for a list of state vending associations including NAMA affiliated state councils, that are conducting Lobby Days this year.

"Advocacy is the cornerstone of the services NAMA provides to member companies," said regional legislative manager Wes Fisher. "More state lobby days means that we're serving the interests of more NAMA member companies."

NAMA senior director and counsel, government affairs Sandy Larson urged everyone in the industry to get behind these regional government relations programs. "We encourage all members to participate in this process," Larson emphasized. "Convenience services lobby days are an ideal opportunity to build relationships with elected officials at the state level, and that's an important foundation for NAMA's work at the federal level – and that benefits the entire industry."

This year, she added, state council members will bring economic impact data to share with their state officials, highlighting important metrics including overall revenue and jobs, wages and taxes associated with the vending, coffee service, foodservice and micromarket business.

Founded in 1936, NAMA represents the $25 billion U.S. convenience services industry.