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NATSO Blog: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

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President Donald Trump Intends to Push a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. What Could it Mean for Truckstops?

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

On May 15–17, NATSO members will travel from across the United States to Washington, D.C., to educate their elected officials about the critical role the truckstop industry plays in the U.S. economy as well as to discuss key industry challenges. Especially with this massive infrastructure package coming, we need truckstop's and travel's help to ensure our industry's collective voice is heard in the halls of Congress.

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Count Down to Election Day

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues, The NATSO Show

We're coming down the electoral home stretch (at last!).

With Election Day less than one week away, it increasingly looks like Americans will elect Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States. It also appears that Democrats will win some seats in the House of Representatives, but not enough to regain a majority.

The Senate races are where the real "action" will be on Election Night. Democrats need to pick up just four seats (assuming Mrs. Clinton wins the Presidency) to regain majority control of the upper congressional chamber.

Although I plan to deliver a detailed post-election analysis and preview of the next Congress and Presidential Administration at The NATSO Show on Monday, January 23, 2017, I wanted to share some information now that you may find helpful.

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Five Things Rep. Denham Learned During His Visit to a Truckstop

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

When Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) visited Joe’s Travel Plaza in Westley, California, he got a behind-the-scenes look at the location’s operations and walked away with greater insight into the industry. During the visit, Kashmir Dhoot, the location’s owner, and David Fialkov, NATSO’s vice president of government affairs, talked with Rep. Denham and took him on a tour of the location. Here are five things the congressman learned during the visit...

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Compliance Corner: Menu Labeling Requirements Take Effect Next Year

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues, Operations, Compliance Corner

Beginning in May 2017, chain restaurants and “similar retail food establishments,” including many convenience stores operated by truckstop owners and operators, will be required to post calories for prepared food items they sell.

The menu labeling rule applies to any retail establishment with 20 or more locations, including franchises, operating under the same name, offering for sale substantially the same menu items, that sells food that is intended for consumption soon after being purchased.

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How to Host a Lawmaker at Your Truckstop

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Decisions are made on Capitol Hill, but lawmakers’ votes are largely influenced by what they learn from their constituents when they are back home in their districts. That is why the August recess period is the perfect time for NATSO members to host their elected officials at their locations and give lawmakers an up-close look at the important role truckstops and travel plazas play in their communities.

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NATSO Opposes Various Efforts to Commercialize Roadways

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Four years ago, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposal to commercialize highway rest areas.

This 86-12 lopsided victory was a bipartisan show of support for truckstops, travel centers, and other private enterprises located outside the public right of way.

However, this big win did not kill the lure of commercialization. Indeed, although there is little threat of a complete repeal of the long-standing ban on commercializing rest areas, there are sporadic efforts throughout the country to gradually peel back the ban, as politicians seeking road money lured by false promises of quick-and-easy revenue.

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Compliance Corner: Stay Current on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Requirements

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues, Marketing & Retail, Compliance Corner

Many of the convenience stores within truckstop and travel plaza redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and those who accept SNAP will need to comply with forthcoming requirements that are designed to provide greater varieties of food and prohibit SNAP recipients from purchasing ineligible items.

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{NATSO News} August 10, 2015

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Judge Rejects American Express Swipe Fee Settlement and more...

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{NATSO News} July 27, 2015

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Ask Your Senators to Reject Changes to the Biodiesel Tax Credit and more...

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{NATSO News} July 20, 2015

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

House Passes Highway Patch and more...

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