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Michigan Distributors, Vendors Host Legislative Day In State Capital

Posted On: 6/15/2016

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TAGS: vending, Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association, MDVA Day at the Capitol, Polly Reber, Eric Dell, National Automatic Merchandising Association, Nick Khouri, SB 774, Sheree Edwards, Jeff Smith

LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association recently hosted its "Day at the Capitol" here. The legislative day included a briefing from MDVA president Polly Reber, followed by an update from Eric Dell, the government affairs senior vice-president of the Chicago-based National Automatic Merchandising Association.

Michigan treasurer Nick Khouri discussed the state's current tax policy changes, and the fiscal health of the local governments and schools. Afterward, participants delivered certificates to each of the legislators' offices that could be redeemed for product samples provided by various suppliers. More than 100 legislators came to redeem their product samples and interact with MDVA members.

Since the event, MDVA, which represents vending and foodservice operators and wholesale distributors of grocery and convenience products, was informed that the Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously passed SB 774, a bill that will benefit vendors in licensing and regulation.

"MDVA does an incredible job of representing the industry and its members who work hard to operate their businesses and support to their communities," said NAMA government affairs committee chair Jeff Smith. "MDVA's outstanding reputation is reflected by the countless compliments from legislators who recognize the value that its members contribute to the state of Michigan in the form of jobs, industry and growth."

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POWER TRIO: Advocating for vending industry at MDVA legislative day, from left, are NAMA's Eric Dell, Sheree Edwards and Jeff Smith.