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EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard
NACS weighs in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to not finalize 2014 standards under the RFS program until 2015.
Posted Nov 24, 2014

House Republicans File Lawsuit Against President Obama
Litigation challenges President Obama’s actions implementing the health-care law, including decisions to waive the employer mandate.
Posted Nov 24, 2014

NACS Signs Tax Extender Letter to Congress
More than 525 organizations urged Congress to pass business-friendly tax legislation this year.
Posted Nov 20, 2014

Merchants Brief Congress on Mobile Payment Issues
Panelists recommend technology-neutral legislation, emphasize need for innovation.
Posted Nov 18, 2014

FDIC and DOJ Agree to Operation Choke Point Investigation
Agencies will launch preliminary inquiry into program potentially targeting tobacco sales, in response to requests from congressmen.
Posted Nov 17, 2014

Share Your Perspective on Capitol Hill
Annual NACS Government Relations Conference gives members of Congress invaluable insight about our industry.
Posted Nov 14, 2014

Call to Action: Make Your Voice Heard on Online Lottery Legislation
Time is running out to contact your legislators about the business impact of online lottery sales.
Posted Nov 11, 2014

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Obamacare Subsidies
Decision on tax subsidies for exchanges brings Affordable Care Act back into the spotlight.
Posted Nov 10, 2014

NACS Signs Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action on Data Security
More than 40 merchant organizations urge Congress to establish clear and uniform legislation to address cyber crime breaches.
Posted Nov 6, 2014

Election Day Recap: What It Means for Our Industry
As Republicans do better than expected in mid-term elections, optimism grows for upcoming 114th Congress.
Posted Nov 5, 2014

A New Era for Mobile Payments
NACS viewpoint on the mobile payment landscape represented on Kojo Nnamdi Show.
Posted Nov 5, 2014

Apple Pay Is No Revolutionary Change, Says NACS
Wall Street Journal op-ed explains why widely heralded payment innovation still too dependent on the credit card companies.
Posted Nov 4, 2014

Better Retail Sales Are a Mixed Blessing for Merchants
As retail sales numbers rise, so do swipe fees.
Posted Nov 3, 2014

NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Merchant associations send letter to credit unions dispelling myths about cyber-attacks.
Posted Oct 31, 2014

NACS Responds to Card Company Attempts to Dominate Mobile Payments
Electronic Transactions Association is pressuring retailers to accept forms of payment that add costs to their businesses and customers.
Posted Oct 30, 2014

Election Day Countdown: Where Do We Stand
Looking at current knowledge and trends, what can we predict for Election Day 2014?
Posted Oct 28, 2014

Legislator Gets Crash Course in Convenience Retailing
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson participates in NACS In Store grassroots engagement program at local Kwik Trip.
Posted Oct 27, 2014

FDA to Host Tobacco Webinar on Substantial Equivalents
Information to be provided for retailers on grandfathered tobacco products.
Posted Oct 27, 2014

No One Happy with the State of Swipe Fees
Three years since the Durbin Amendment and the swipe fee contest continues.
Posted Oct 21, 2014

Merchants Get the Short End of Stick on Card Fees
NACS Legislative Committee member provides first-person perspective on credit card fees.
Posted Oct 15, 2014

Debit-Card Reform Making Major Economic Impact
In three years, debit-card reform has helped consumers save almost $18 billion and supported 100,000 new jobs.
Posted Oct 1, 2014

NACS Files Comments on Proposal to Relax Tribal Recognition Rules
Comments oppose suggested reforms, which would relax criteria for tribal recognition, exacerbating problem of non-taxed tribal sales.
Posted Oct 1, 2014

NACS Event Brings Business Perspectives to Washington
Upcoming NACS Government Relations Conference gives members of Congress personal insights into the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Posted Sep 29, 2014

Senator Durbin Says Swipe Fees Are Too High
Author of swipe fee cap rule now says retailers are right, and “consumers have suffered” from excessive bank fees.
Posted Sep 25, 2014

Report Shows Banks Profit as Much as 445% on Swipe Fees
Federal Reserve report reveals huge mark-ups by banks on debit card transaction fees, causing ripple effect in retail industry.
Posted Sep 23, 2014

40-Hours Means Full-Time … or Does It?
Coalition launches More Time for Full-Time campaign to change the Affordable Care Act’s definition of ‘full-time’ as 30 hours.
Posted Sep 23, 2014

FDA Hosts Public Workshop on Electronic Cigarettes
Workshop seeks to gather information on e-cigarettes and the public health.
Posted Sep 19, 2014

Deadline Imminent for Retailers Who Participate in SNAP
After Sept. 21, participating retailers will no longer be offered free Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment, supplies and related services.
Posted Sep 18, 2014

FDA Raises Maximum Fine by 10% for Tobacco Sales to Minors
Federal compliance checks top 335,000 nationwide as fine is raised to $11,000.
Posted Sep 18, 2014

Cybersecurity Summit Addresses Threats and Solutions
NACS part of coalition event featuring panelists from across the payments, cybersecurity and legislative arenas to emphasize need for decisive action.
Posted Sep 11, 2014

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Online Tobacco Retailers
Four online companies cited for selling regulated tobacco products to minors.
Posted Sep 11, 2014

NACS Urges Agency to Keep SNAP Sales Data Private
Comments argue that revealing stores’ data on SNAP sales could have a business impact.
Posted Sep 10, 2014

We Card Preps Retailers for New Requirements
New FDA regulations on the horizon and 40-plus states now forbid e-cigarette sales to minors.
Posted Sep 5, 2014

Members of Congress Go ‘In Store’ with NACS
Inaugural “NACS In Store” gives congressmen an inside view of the c-store business.
Posted Aug 27, 2014

Banks Are Profiting From Everything We Buy
From burgers to back-to-school, banks — not retailers — bring in the big bucks.
Posted Aug 21, 2014

NACS Asks Supreme Court to Hear Debt Swipe Fee Appeal
Request is for highest court to decide case that affects consumers and retailers more than 100 million times every day.
Posted Aug 19, 2014

Op Ed Laments the Cost of Swipe Fees for Small-Business Owners
Kansas City restaurateur James Eddy calls for swipe fee oversight.
Posted Aug 13, 2014

NACS Files Comments with FDA on E-Cigarette Rulemaking
Letter urges agency to help create a level playing field for c-store operators.
Posted Aug 11, 2014

Menu Labeling a Bad Fit for Convenience Stores
NACS Chairman Brad Call calls FDA’s proposed menu-labeling regulations a ‘hand-me-down’ approach.
Posted Aug 7, 2014

Congress Passes Highway Trust Fund Extension
Last-minute legislation awaits President Obama’s signature, would provide funding through May.
Posted Aug 1, 2014

EPA Extends Deadlines for Renewable Fuel Standard
Move could signal more delays on finalizing 2014 RFS.
Posted Aug 1, 2014

Soda Tax Bill Introduced in Congress
House bill would create a national tax on sugary drinks, to be paid by manufacturers.
Posted Jul 31, 2014

Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Labor Practices of Franchisees
If upheld, Labor Board ruling would forever change the business of franchising.
Posted Jul 30, 2014

FDIC Reissues “Operation Choke Point” Guidelines
Language suggesting extra scrutiny for tobacco retailers has been removed.
Posted Jul 29, 2014

NACS Submits Statement on Tobacco Tax Evasion
NACS shares concerns about unlevel playing field with Senate Finance Committee.
Posted Jul 29, 2014

IRS Moves Forward With Health Insurance Forms
Absence of the forms has left employers unable to plan for 2015 taxes.
Posted Jul 29, 2014

Senator Franken Asks White House to Keep RFS Strong
Legislator says investment in biofuels is critical to job creation and decreasing foreign oil dependence.
Posted Jul 28, 2014

Judge Calls FDA Report on Menthol Cigarettes “Tainted”
Ruling finds conflicts of interest in FDA menthol review board panel’s findings.
Posted Jul 23, 2014

Appeals Courts Rule on Obamacare
Two federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on major provision of Affordable Care Act.
Posted Jul 23, 2014

NACS Refutes Claim That Debit Is Cheaper Than Cash
Aité Group report fails to take a comprehensive view, say retailer groups.
Posted Jul 22, 2014

U.S. Senators Seek Safety Caps for Liquid Nicotine Containers
Senate bill would require childproof packaging of liquid nicotine containers for electronic cigarettes.
Posted Jul 14, 2014

Republican Tax Writers Clears$287B Tax Break for Business
White House threatens to veto legislation, calling it “corporate giveaway.”
Posted Jul 11, 2014

Congress Close to Deal on Highway Trust Fund Extension
Deal would extend funds into spring 2015, relying on revenue from pension changes and customs fees.
Posted Jul 11, 2014

House Subcommittee Passes Legislation to Address Abusive Patent Demand Letters
NACS joins with Main Street Patent Coalition to protect retailers and small business.
Posted Jul 11, 2014

Road Projects at a Standstill as Highway Fund Goes Broke
More than 100,000 projects across the country could be affected by lack of federal funding.
Posted Jul 8, 2014

Merchants Not Gaining Independence From Credit Card Fees
Banks continue to gouge retailers across all sectors.
Posted Jul 3, 2014

Senate Finance Committee Considers Highway Funding Legislation
Proposal includes a $750-million transfer from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to the Highway Trust Fund.
Posted Jun 30, 2014

Online Gambling Revenues Fall Short
First three states to legalize Internet unlikely to meet revenue expectations.
Posted Jun 26, 2014

NACS Visits Capitol Hill
Issues discussed include Internet lottery, data security and taxes.
Posted Jun 26, 2014

Comment Period Extended for FDA’s Proposed E-Cigarette Rules
Public submissions will be accepted until August 8.
Posted Jun 25, 2014

U.S. Senate Focuses on E-Cigarette Marketing to Youth
Commerce Committee hearing reviewed e-cigarette advertising and promotional practices and their appeal to kids.
Posted Jun 23, 2014

NACS Joins 40-Hour Work Week Coalition
New group will urge Senate to change health-care law’s definition of “full time.”
Posted Jun 19, 2014

NACS Files Response Brief in Ongoing Tobacco POS Signage Case
Brief maintains that retailers should not be required to post signs at the point of sale.
Posted Jun 19, 2014

Senators Call for 12-Cent Gas Tax
Proposal would raise $164 million over 10 years to fund federal highway bill.
Posted Jun 19, 2014

NACS Responds to Data Security Push by Credit Unions
NACS fights back against credit union group’s call for new data security laws for retailers.
Posted Jun 18, 2014

NACS Appeals Interchange Settlement
Coalition of retailers argues that settlement undermines merchants’ legal rights.
Posted Jun 18, 2014

Swipe Fees Op-Ed Explains Retailer Perspective
Former NACS Chairman emphasizes how swipe fees continue to “hurt the little guy.”
Posted Jun 17, 2014

Small Business Expensing Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives
To help create stability and growth, legislation makes permanent small business expensing as outlined in the U.S. tax code.
Posted Jun 16, 2014

FDA Shares Vision for the Future of Tobacco Regulations
Center for Tobacco Products outlines thoughts on developing standards for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Posted Jun 12, 2014

Senator Durbin Calls for Higher Cigarette Tax
Illinois Democrat says a 95-cents-per-pack increase would fund medical research.
Posted Jun 11, 2014

NACS Supports Small Business Expensing Bill
Legislation would permanently extend small business expensing for equipment and property outlined in the federal tax code.
Posted Jun 11, 2014

Legislation Moving Forward to Prohibit Online Lottery Sales
Urge your members of Congress to support Internet lottery bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
Posted Jun 10, 2014

Soda Taxes a Hot Topic at National Soda Summit
Last week’s event included one Connecticut member of Congress calling for a federal soda tax.
Posted Jun 10, 2014

NACS Files Brief to Protect Retailers’ Rights
Legal filing urges court to abandon tobacco point-of-sale sign requirement.
Posted Jun 5, 2014

LIFO Repeal Included in Latest Tax Reform Efforts
Make your voice heard by asking Congress to support LIFO.
Posted Jun 5, 2014

Retailers Want Supreme Court to Hear Swipe Fees Case
Coalition of retailers, including NACS, will challenge appeals court ruling.
Posted Jun 3, 2014

FDA Calculates “Lost Enjoyment” Costs of E-Cigarette Rules
Cost-benefit analysis viewed as radical by some.
Posted Jun 3, 2014

EPA Climate Proposal Expected Next Week
States would have flexibility in meeting emissions benchmarks through cap and trade, renewable energy and other measures.
Posted May 28, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Yanks Patent Reform Off Agenda
Sen. Patrick Leahy said lack of agreement on how to combat patent trolls led to the decision.
Posted May 22, 2014

USDA Answers SNAP-Related Questions
New document indicates Department of Agriculture plans to propose rules this year implementing point-of-sale and depth-of-stock provisions.
Posted May 22, 2014

Cashless Customers Hold Riches for Retailers
Change comes, albeit slowly, to the world of payments.
Posted May 20, 2014

Farm Bill Updates Affect Retailers Participating in SNAP
Participating retailers will no longer be offered free Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment, supplies and related services.
Posted May 19, 2014

Obama Speech Highlights Highway Funding Squeeze
Lawmakers want to keep funds flowing but disagree over funding.
Posted May 15, 2014

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Package
Relevant provisions to NACS members include two-year extension on the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit.
Posted May 14, 2014

Business Interests Racking Up Wins With Supreme Court
Businesses are faring well since Chief Justice John Roberts’s took the helm almost a decade ago.
Posted May 6, 2014

Congress Seeks to Extend Tax Credits
Bill would provide extensions for work-opportunity, biodiesel and alternative fuel tax credits, among others.
Posted May 5, 2014

Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Increase Bill
Democrats vow to bring the issue for a vote again soon.
Posted May 1, 2014

Senator Reid Opens Door to Keystone Pipeline Vote
Abrupt shift could move forward the long-delayed and controversial project.
Posted May 1, 2014

Coalition Urges Passage of “Patent Troll” Legislation
More than 200 organizations sign letter for Senate Judiciary Committee.
Posted Apr 30, 2014

Calorie Labels Go Beyond Menus
White House currently has the rules and FDA expects them to be finalized soon.
Posted Apr 30, 2014

Democratic Group Disappointed With FDA Proposal to Regulate E-Cigarettes
E-cigarette industry applauds the FDA announcement, while Democratic lawmakers express frustration that the proposed rules didn’t go far enough.
Posted Apr 25, 2014

FDA Releases Proposed Rule on Electronic Cigarettes
Agency exercises its authority under the Tobacco Control Act to regulate e-cigarettes and prevent minors from purchasing the products.
Posted Apr 24, 2014

Members of Congress Continue Crusade Against E-Cigarettes
The lawmakers are accusing electronic cigarette companies of marketing to children.
Posted Apr 15, 2014

U.S. Senator Looks to Speed Up Keystone Approval
Due to the administration’s lack of action, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is planning to introduce legislation that will speed up the approval process of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Posted Apr 15, 2014

Congress Seeks Solution to Abusive Patent Demand Letters
A hearing last week took a look at abusive patent demand letters and explored ways to address this growing problem, which is costing small businesses and threatening innovation.
Posted Apr 14, 2014

Bipartisan Bill Would Stop State GMO Food Labeling
The measure would put in place mandatory labeling of GMO products.
Posted Apr 11, 2014

House Subcommittee Examines Implementation of Tobacco Control Act
Members of Congress questioned the efficiency and competence of FDA's ability to bring new products to market.
Posted Apr 9, 2014

NACS Asks Congress to Support Online Lottery Legislation
NACS members can encourage their legislators to support the bill, which would protect the industry and consumers from a potential Wild West scenario of Internet gambling.
Posted Apr 8, 2014

Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Tobacco Control Act
Today the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health will examine the regulatory activities of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
Posted Apr 8, 2014

FDA Ready to Rule on Electronic Cigarettes
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said she expects the agency to release its rule “very soon” on establishing FDA authority over e-cigarettes.
Posted Apr 7, 2014

Congress Passes 40-Hour Legislation
Thanks to NACS grassroots efforts, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would establish 40 hours per week as the threshold for determining full time employment.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

FDA Sends Final Menu-Labeling Rules to White House
It’s hard to say how the final regulations differ from the starting place.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Congress Votes Today on 40-Hour Legislation
Last push is needed to tell Congress to repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.
Posted Apr 3, 2014

Congress Readies Vote on 40-Hour Legislation
NACS-supported legislation is coming to up for a vote on Thursday — make your voices heard through the NACS grassroots website.
Posted Apr 2, 2014

NACS Members Urge Congress to Redefine Full-Time Employee
Next week Congress is planning to vote on a bill that would repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.
Posted Mar 28, 2014

Walmart Sues Visa Over Swipe Fees
Retailer argues Visa conspired with banks to fix swipe fees.
Posted Mar 28, 2014

NACS Issues Call to Action on Full-Time Employee Legislation
Next week Congress is planning to vote on a bill that would repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.
Posted Mar 27, 2014

U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Online Lottery Sales
Bipartisan bill would reverse a 2011 Department of Justice decision that expanded online gaming.
Posted Mar 27, 2014

Appeals Court Overturns Debit Rule
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has overturned a lower court’s 2013 decision that would have rewritten the Federal Reserve’s rule for implementing the Durbin Amendment.
Posted Mar 24, 2014

Support for NACS Menu-Labeling Efforts Grows
Members of Congress continue lending support to NACS-supported menu-labeling legislation.
Posted Mar 17, 2014

NACS Meets With USDA on Farm Bill Implementation
Discussions focused on the implementation process for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reforms contained in the Farm Bill.
Posted Mar 13, 2014

Obama to Issue Executive Order on Overtime Pay
The move would expand the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law.
Posted Mar 13, 2014

Senator Schumer Goes After E-Cigarette Marketing
The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act would ban the marketing of e-cigarettes to children.
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Small Businesses Sick of Obamacare
A Detroit News columnist highlights the frustrations of one local small businessman.
Posted Mar 7, 2014

Proposed Federal Budget Includes Cigarette Tax Hike
President Obama’s proposed budget nearly doubles the federal excise tax on tobacco products.
Posted Mar 6, 2014

Menu Labeling Pushed Until End of Year
The FDA missed yet another self-imposed deadline for issuing calorie-count requirement guidelines.
Posted Mar 4, 2014

NACS Asks for Change to Real Estate Appraisals
The letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration asks the agency to make it easier for convenience stores and other retailers to have real estate appraisals preformed.
Posted Mar 4, 2014

EPA Releases Final Cleaner Fuel, Car Standards
The agency claims new standards will significantly lower harmful pollution while promoting fuel efficiency in cars and trucks.
Posted Mar 4, 2014

U.S. Senators Call for E-Cigarettes Advertising Ban
New legislation seeks to prohibit the marketing of electronic cigarettes to children and teens.
Posted Mar 3, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Urges Data Breach Reporting Law
Eric Holder is calling on Congress to create a national fraud and breach alert system to quickly alert consumers if their information was potentially compromised.
Posted Mar 3, 2014

Op-Ed: Credit Unions Use Cyber Security for Gain
NACS contends that credit unions are trying to profit from data breaches.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

FDA Revamps Nutrition Labels
For the first time in two decades, the agency has overhauled data on food packages to emphasize calories and sugar.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

NACS Members Take on Washington
The convenience store industry is on Capitol Hill this week to tell our story and discuss key industry issues with members of Congress and their staff.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

NACS Supports Regulatory Reform Legislation
The bill seeks to make federal agencies more accountable to the American public through greater transparency.
Posted Feb 25, 2014

FDA Issues First Orders to Halt Sale of Tobacco Products
The FDA has ordered a stop to the sale of four cigarette products made by Jash International, marking the first time the agency has exercised this type of authority under the Tobacco Control Act.
Posted Feb 24, 2014

Going Up Against ‘Big Food’
A law firm believes it has a case against “Big Food” to recover obesity and health-related costs, even though the evidence is severely lacking.
Posted Feb 20, 2014

Senators Appeal to Walmart to Quit Tobacco
The appeal follows similar urging of major drug store chains.
Posted Feb 18, 2014

Iowa Representative Introduces Legislation to Expand Renewable Fuel Infrastructure
The Re-FUEL Act would create a grant program to promote domestic fuel sources and offer consumers more choices at the pump.
Posted Feb 17, 2014

Paying for Obesity
Lawyers are urging state attorneys general to make CPG companies pay for obesity-related health-care costs.
Posted Feb 13, 2014

U.S. Senators Call on Drug Stores to Follow CVS
Less than a week after CVS announced plans to stop selling tobacco, eight U.S. senators are urging other drug store chains to follow suit.
Posted Feb 11, 2014

Senator Schumer Calls on FDA to Ban Bread Chemical
Schumer’s urging follows an announcement last week by Subway that it was removing azodicarbonamide from its bread.
Posted Feb 11, 2014

New SNAP Provisions Become Law
President Obama signed into law the Farm Bill that includes new provisions for retailers that redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Posted Feb 10, 2014

Congress Passes Farm Bill With SNAP Provisions
The bill, which imposes additional obligations on SNAP retailers, now heads to President Obama for his signature.
Posted Feb 5, 2014

Data Breaches Become a Congressional Concern
Three hearings in Congress this week address recent data breaches at large retailers.
Posted Feb 4, 2014

Common Sense Needed for Menu Labeling
The Washington Times opines that customers will end up paying for costs associated with menu-labeling regulations through higher food prices.
Posted Feb 3, 2014

Farm Bill Compromise Contains SNAP Provisions
The legislation contains several provisions of concern to convenience retailers that redeem SNAP benefits.
Posted Jan 29, 2014

Groups Urge Congress to Focus on Obesity Through New Taxes
The Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund is asking Congress to support new tax policies that drive private sector efforts for increasing access to improved food options.
Posted Jan 27, 2014

U.S. Senators Push for Menu-Labeling Fix
Sen. Angus King is one of five U.S. senators who wants to make sure the new regulations do not burden restaurants and other foodservice establishments.
Posted Jan 22, 2014

NACS Urges Federal Appeals Court to Protect Merchants and Consumers
During a hearing last week, NACS urged the court to uphold Judge Richard Leon’s ruling that the Federal Reserve disregarded Congress’s intent when implementing the Durbin Amendment.
Posted Jan 20, 2014

All Eyes on Mexico’s Soda Tax
Researchers, health advocates and the beverage industry are closely watching what happens in Mexico, which recently implemented a new tax on soda and high-calorie foods.
Posted Jan 13, 2014

Tobacco Companies, Justice Department Reach Agreement on ‘Corrective Statements’
U.S. tobacco companies and the Justice Department reached an agreement on publishing corrective statements that say the companies ““deliberately deceived the American public.”
Posted Jan 13, 2014

FDA Targeting Antibacterial Soaps
Agency is seeking tougher rules on antibacterial soaps, which it says may pose health risks.
Posted Dec 17, 2013

Industry Coalition Expresses Support for Maintaining LIFO
NACS joined industry stakeholders in sending a letter to Senate Chairman Max Baucus in support of maintaining the LIFO accounting method.
Posted Dec 13, 2013

Farm Bill Won’t Get a Vote in 2013
However, lawmakers say the bill could be ready to move through Congress in January.
Posted Dec 12, 2013

RFS Proposal Challenges Ethanol in Gasoline
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard could limit ethanol blending into the nation’s retail fuel supply, USA Today reports.
Posted Dec 9, 2013

NACS Participates in RFS Discussion
More than 140 stakeholders shared concerns, opposition and support with the EPA on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Posted Dec 6, 2013

U.S. House Passes ‘Patent Trolls’ Legislation
The bill aims to reduce the number of non-meritorious patent lawsuits.
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Restaurant Menu Calorie Data Goes Unread
Not many customers are pursuing the nutrition information chain restaurants have posted.
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Oregon Lawmaker Seeks Gasoline Tax Increase
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is seeking support for increasing the federal excise tax on gasoline and diesel.
Posted Dec 5, 2013

New York Tribes Continue to Violate Federal Tobacco Laws
Last year, at least 20 operators on Seneca Nation territory were shipping 1.7 tons of untaxed cigarettes a week.
Posted Dec 5, 2013

FDA Releases Responses to Questions on Civil Money Penalties
Tobacco retailers may submit questions on the issue at any time.
Posted Dec 4, 2013

Op-Ed Argues for Common-Sense Menu Labeling
CEOs of the pizza, grocery and convenience store industry pen an op-ed in this week’s Detroit News, supporting the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.
Posted Nov 27, 2013

Washington Report: NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate will allow the Food & Drug Administration to satisfy Congress’ menu-labeling objectives without unnecessarily burdening most convenience stores.
Posted Nov 22, 2013

Retailers File Brief Supporting Decision in Swipe Fee Case
The merchants told the court that the district court was right to lower fees.
Posted Nov 22, 2013

Menu-Labeling Would Control What You Eat
Obamacare’s menu-labeling regulations will be costly and time-consuming for businesses to comply with.
Posted Nov 21, 2013

Sheldon Adelson Fuels Internet Gambling Battle
The billionaire casino magnate wants Congress to outlaw online betting.
Posted Nov 19, 2013

EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to lower the amount of ethanol that refiners will be required to blend into the gasoline supply in 2014.
Posted Nov 18, 2013

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Delay ACA Individual Mandate Penalty
Sens. Manchin and Kirk are seeking to delay the individual mandate penalty under Obamacare.
Posted Nov 11, 2013

Democratic Lawmakers Look to Raise Minimum Wage
Could $10 per hour be on the horizon? Or does such a move carry political risk for the 2014 elections?
Posted Nov 11, 2013

NACS to USDA: Don’t Make It Hard for Us to Offer SNAP Benefits
NACS made its voice heard on USDA proposals seeking to make it more difficult for convenience stores to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Posted Nov 7, 2013

Op-Ed Details Impact of Chicago’s Proposed Cigarette Tax increase
The vice president of the 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association of Chicagoland points out the potential impact of a proposed cigarette tax increase.
Posted Nov 7, 2013

Health Premium ‘Sticker Shock’ Leading to Consumer Anger
Relatively healthy, self-employed workers and small-business owners appear to be hardest hit by the Affordable Care Act. And they’re beginning to voice their rising anger.
Posted Nov 5, 2013

U.S. Representatives Ask EPA to Reduce 2014 Ethanol Mandate
A bipartisan group of 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives is asking the government to lower target numbers in light of corn prices and refinery compliance costs.
Posted Nov 1, 2013

Judges Mull Keeping SNAP Payments Secret
A newspaper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find out how much participating retailers receive from SNAP purchases.
Posted Oct 25, 2013

GAO Report Finds Lengthy Approval Process for New Tobacco Products
U.S. Senator Richard Burr says the Center for Tobacco Products has “significantly underperformed its mission” in regard to the regulatory review process for such products.
Posted Oct 25, 2013

Possible Bill Would Hold Back Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
Sen. Joe Manchin is talking about drafting legislation to delay the regulation for 12 months.
Posted Oct 25, 2013

QSR Executive Says Obamacare Hurts Job Creation
Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, told Fox News that he would be hiring part-time workers because of the new law.
Posted Oct 18, 2013

Interest Groups Call For Ethanol Mandate Cuts
The various organizations want permanent — and deep — reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Posted Oct 9, 2013

No More Homemade Sauces
A Dairy Queen is forced to stop making from-scratch sauces because of menu-labeling requirements.
Posted Oct 9, 2013

Judge Halts Enforcement of NY Surcharge Regulation
The state law penalized retailers if they added a fee for credit card payments.
Posted Oct 4, 2013

Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Lowers Prices
A new study finds that cutting debit fees put $5.8 billion in consumers’ hands through lower prices and created 37,500 new jobs annually.
Posted Oct 1, 2013

Congress Puts Pressure on Electronic Cigarettes, Energy Drinks
Members of Congress seek feedback from electronic cigarette makers on the marketing and sale of their products, while four senators are asking energy drink companies to take voluntary steps to stop marketing to children.​​
Posted Sep 30, 2013

EPA Delays Tier 3 Rules
Starting in 2017, the Tier 3 rule sets new vehicle emissions standards and lowers the sulfur content of gasoline.​
Posted Sep 30, 2013

Opposing Sides to RFS Debate Postulate Positions
The Biotechnology Industry Organization is asking the EPA to reject a petition for a waiver of 2014 RFS volume obligations. Meanwhile, former anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist launched a campaign to end the RFS.
Posted Sep 30, 2013

North Dakota Senator Speaks Out on Keystone XL Pipeline
Freshman Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) says that approval for the controversial pipeline has “taken longer than it took us to defeat Hitler.”
Posted Sep 30, 2013

NACS to Congress: Revise Menu-Labeling Rules
Lyle Beckwith of NACS wrote a letter to Roll Call in response to an op-ed praising the legislation.
Posted Sep 27, 2013

Attorneys General Urge FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes
Citing increased use among youth, 40 state attorneys general appeal to the FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way that it regulates tobacco products.
Posted Sep 26, 2013

Circuit Court Agrees to Delay Debit-Card Fee Ruling
Existing levies will remain in place while the appeals process unfolds.
Posted Sep 24, 2013

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Food Stamp Cuts
The House-passed farm bill would cut nearly $40 billion over a decade from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP).
Posted Sep 23, 2013

Groups Urge White House to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes
Citing rising use among youth, a coalition of groups urges the White House to press the FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes.
Posted Sep 20, 2013

FDA and NIH Create TCORS: Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science Research
Over the next five years, the agencies are expected to fund up to $273 million in research grants for projects related to the regulation of tobacco products.
Posted Sep 20, 2013

House Democrats Request E-Cigarette Regulations
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the FDA to monitor electronic cigarettes.
Posted Sep 18, 2013

Retailer Op-Ed Blasts Menu Labeling Law
Jay Ricker maintains menu-labeling law is anything but convenient for convenience stores.
Posted Sep 17, 2013

No Smoke, but Plenty of Fire
Electronic cigarettes continue to draw praise and critics.
Posted Sep 16, 2013

NACS Comments at Swipe Fee Fairness Hearing
NACS President and CEO Henry Armour delivered testimony at the fairness hearing to consider granting approval to a proposed long-standing antitrust class action file by merchants.
Posted Sep 13, 2013

FDA Extends Comment Period for Menthol in Cigarettes
NACS has already sent in comments expressing concern about an increase in illicit cigarettes.
Posted Sep 11, 2013

Protect Your Business by Changing Washington
The more industry stakeholders who join us for the NACS Government Relations Conference, the louder our industry’s voice is among members of Congress and their staff.
Posted Sep 10, 2013

Menu Labeling Will Be “Rigid, Simplistic, Expansive”
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg pens an op-ed on how new menu-labeling regulations will hinder growth in industries that serve food.
Posted Sep 5, 2013

FDA to Issue Regulations for Approved Retailer Training Programs
Retailers may submit comments concerning the agency’s “Tobacco Retailer Training Programs.”
Posted Sep 5, 2013

Lawmakers Target Energy Drinks
The congressmen tackling the industry call themselves “veterans of the tobacco wars.”
Posted Sep 4, 2013

NACS to FDA: Banning Menthol Will Worsen Illicit Market
NACS responded to an FDA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that addresses a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes.
Posted Aug 29, 2013

Op-Ed Blasts Swipe Fees
Former NACS Chairman Bill Douglass blasts the card companies over swipe fees.
Posted Aug 29, 2013

Cigarettes and Pre-K Programs Don’t Mix
Nonpartisan researchers say that President Obama’s proposal to pay for preschool programs with higher tobacco taxes is deeply flawed.
Posted Aug 27, 2013

Federal Reserve Appeals Swipe Fee Ruling
The Fed announced that it is appealing a recent U.S. Federal District Court ruling that said the Fed did not follow the law when it implemented debit swipe fee reforms.
Posted Aug 22, 2013

FDA Cracking Down on RYO and Internet Tobacco Vendors
The agency has issued 10,000 tobacco retailer warning letters and four warning letters for cigarette or roll-your-own tobacco labeled as “pipe tobacco.”
Posted Aug 14, 2013

Congress Looks Into Bitcoin
A Senate committee is asking federal agencies how it plans to oversee the use of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies in the marketplace.
Posted Aug 14, 2013

Legislators Tell Wall Street to “Can It”
U.S. Sen. Merkley and Reps. Blumenauer and Bonamici say that Wall Street speculation is costing middle-class families by driving up the prices of aluminum, copper, gas and electricity.
Posted Aug 8, 2013

EPA Issues Renewable Fuel Requirements for 2013
The agency indicates that 2014 levels might be revised downward to avoid the blend wall, an action advocated by NACS.
Posted Aug 7, 2013

Coalition Urges Transition Relief Extension for Employer Mandate
A coalition of employer groups, including NACS, is communicating to the government that the one-year delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate creates a need for the administration to clarify various obligations the law imposes on employers.
Posted Aug 6, 2013

Legislation Would Define Full-Time Employees
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would amend the health-care law to define full-time workers as those who put in 40 hours per week.
Posted Aug 6, 2013

Lawmaker Targets Food Advertising to Kids
A new proposal by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) seeks to dissuade “junk food” ads targeting kids by eliminating eligible tax deductions.
Posted Aug 6, 2013

Next Steps on Debit Fee Reform Ruling
Although the road forward is not entirely clear, NACS outlines several paths the court and Federal Reserve could take.
Posted Aug 5, 2013

Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders Pledge RFS Efforts Will Continue
With the August recess in full swing, both House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman said that bipartisan efforts would continue through August to address potential Renewable Fuels Standard reforms.
Posted Aug 5, 2013

NACS Applauds Court Ruling on Debit Fees
U.S. ​Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) calls the swipe free ruling a victory for consumers and small businesses.
Posted Aug 1, 2013

Congress: No Hurry to Raise Minimum Wage
Protests by fast-food workers haven’t made Congress likely to schedule votes on increasing the federal minimum wage.
Posted Aug 1, 2013

Breaking News: Court Rules in NACS and Retailers' Favor on Swipe Fees
Court rules in NACS’ favor in case against the Federal Reserve on debit swipe fees.
Posted Jul 31, 2013

Less Than 40 Hours
Obamacare is driving America’s workforce into a nation with more part-time than full-time workers.
Posted Jul 31, 2013

Committee Explores RFS Modifications
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton has asked four Republicans to take the lead on Renewable Fuels Standard reform.
Posted Jul 31, 2013

Renewed Push for Dollar Coins
Five U.S. senators introduced legislation that would promote the need for more $1 coins in circulation.
Posted Jul 29, 2013

Washington Report: U.S. House Subcommittee Wraps Up RFS Hearing
Members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard from 16 stakeholders, including NACS, on their perspectives on the Renewable Fuels Standard.
Posted Jul 26, 2013

FDA Seeks Public Input on Menthol
The agency issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to obtain feedback for potential regulatory options regarding menthol in cigarettes.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Washington Report: NACS Testifies at Renewable Fuels Standard Hearing
A two-day hearing in a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is putting the RFS in the hot seat, where panelists are sharing their insights on whether the mandate should be repealed or restructured.
Posted Jul 23, 2013

Washington Report: NACS Participates in RFS Hearing on Capitol Hill
Joe Petrowski of The Cumberland Gulf Group will offer an industry perspective on the Renewable Fuels Standard during a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee hearing that begins on Tuesday, July 23.
Posted Jul 22, 2013

U.S. Senators Slam Online Gambling Regulations
A Senate panel looks to revise online gambling rules.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Proposed Federal Cigarette Tax Hike Threatens Maryland Retailers
Funding President Obama’s early childhood initiative with a higher cigarette tax is not a viable solution, notes the president of the Maryland Retailers Association.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Washington Report: House of Representatives Passes Modified Farm Bill
The scaled-back version of the Farm Bill does not include any provisions related to the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP).
Posted Jul 12, 2013

Washington Report: Legislation Addresses Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses
NACS sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus in support of his role in introducing the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013.
Posted Jul 12, 2013

Bad Medicine for Small Business Owners
Insurer WellPoint projects that small-group premiums could increase an average of 13% to 23% under the health-care law.
Posted Jul 9, 2013

Washington Report: U.S. Representatives Call for Action on Menu Labeling
Menu labeling is estimated to be the third-most onerous regulation proposed in 2010, requiring more than 14.5 million hours of compliance.
Posted Jul 8, 2013

Washington Report: Health-Law Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015
The Obama administration announced yesterday that businesses wouldn’t be penalized in 2014 if they don’t provide health insurance.​
Posted Jul 3, 2013

U.S. House Members Consider E15 Rollback
Risk of engine damage has some legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives rethinking ethanol blend limits.
Posted Jul 3, 2013

Appeals Court Upholds Lower Court’s PACT Ruling
Without deciding the law’s constitutionality, an appeals court upholds a lower court’s decision to place an injunction against enforcement of the tax provisions of the PACT Act.
Posted Jul 3, 2013

Washington Report: NACS Urges EPA to Maintain Current Sulfur Caps
A letter to the Environmental Protection Agency addresses industry concerns about a proposed Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards rule and test fuel specification changes.
Posted Jul 2, 2013

Health Care Law's Employee Definition Draws Bipartisan Attention
Lawmakers focus on the definition of a full-time employee, noting its implications under the Affordable Care Act.
Posted Jun 28, 2013

FDA Warning Labels Pit Commercial Speech vs. Public Health
A New England Journal of Medicine editorial blames defeat of the FDA’s graphic cigarette pack to a legal system that favors commercial speech over public health, and urges a new approach before the agency proposes replacements.​
Posted Jun 28, 2013

NACS, MAG Express Concern Over Three Debit Applications
Both groups advocate a single domestic debit application with all debit networks participating.
Posted Jun 27, 2013

House Energy and Commerce Leaders Respond to President’s Climate Change Plan
Committee GOP leaders say that the administration’s actions would threaten America’s energy and manufacturing recovery efforts.
Posted Jun 27, 2013

House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds RFS Hearings
A series of hearings on the Renewable Fuel Standard begins on Wednesday.
Posted Jun 25, 2013

President Obama Takes On Global Warming
Today the president will offer his plan for tackling climate change.
Posted Jun 25, 2013

U.S. Senators Call for Repeal of Renewable Fuels Standard
Senators John Barrasso, Mark Pryor and Pat Toomey say the Renewable Fuels Standard is a broken and expensive government program that needs to go.​
Posted Jun 24, 2013

Washington Report: U.S. House Fails to Pass Farm Bill
The bill called for massive reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Posted Jun 21, 2013

Legislation Calls for 40 Hours as Full Time
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would define full time as 40 hours a week.
Posted Jun 21, 2013

Will New FDA Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels Pass Legal Challenge?
A Georgetown public health expert and attorney examine what the FDA must do to prevail.
Posted Jun 19, 2013

U.S. Representative Calls for Legalizing Online Gambling
Legislation introduced by Representative Pete King (R-NY) would give states and Native American tribes the right to opt out of a federal system and keep their own internal gaming practices.
Posted Jun 10, 2013

Government Issues Finalized Wellness Rules
As part of Obamacare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its guidelines for employment-based wellness programs.
Posted May 31, 2013

Washington Report: Senate Considers Farm Bill With RFS Amendment
The Farm Bill includes an amendment to repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard and a provision to limit SNAP.​
Posted May 24, 2013

Retailers Sue Visa, MasterCard
J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Target filed the lawsuit this week in federal court.
Posted May 24, 2013

House Committee Passes Farm Bill
Unlike the Senate-passed version of the bill, the House Farm Bill does not contain a provision that would prevent convenience stores from accepting SNAP benefits.
Posted May 16, 2013

Senate Committee Passes Farm Bill
The legislation contains a troubling provision that would give the government the authority to prevent c-stores from accepting SNAP benefits.
Posted May 15, 2013

Half of Small Businesses Worried About Obamacare
Meanwhile, 41% of small firms are delaying additional hires because of the new health-care law.
Posted May 14, 2013

NACS Shares Industry's Perspectives on Natural Gas
NACS is joining a diverse group of industry stakeholders at one of three Natural Gas Forums hosted by the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Posted May 13, 2013

NACS Asks Congress to Repeal Automatic Enrollment Mandate
NACS, along with 86 retailers and associations, sent a letter to lawmakers, urging them to repeal the automatic enrollment provision of Obamacare.
Posted May 10, 2013

Guest-Worker Proposal Would Legitimize Some Retail Workers’ Status
Most who would be affected by the new legislation work in the restaurant, construction and hospitality industries.
Posted May 8, 2013

Internet Tax Bill Facing Tough Road in U.S. House
A Senate-passed bill to end tax-free online shopping is expected to face stiff challenges in the House.
Posted May 7, 2013

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Tobacco Smuggling, Increase Federal Tobacco Tax
The Tobacco Tax and Enforcement Reform Act seeks to reduce illegal tobacco trafficking, eliminate tax differences between tobacco products and increase the federal excise tax rate on tobacco products.
Posted Apr 29, 2013

Federal Legislation Calls for 5-Cent Bag Tax
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran introduced a measure that would put a tax on plastic and paper bags given out at all retail locations, including convenience stores.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Supreme Court Rejects Graphic Labels Appeal
However, FDA may issue a new graphic warning labels rule that complies with the Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decisions.
Posted Apr 23, 2013

Washington Report: Senators Question FDA Commissioner on Menu Labeling
During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Commissioner Hamburg said the FDA is planning to issue a final rule soon on menu-labeling regulations.
Posted Apr 19, 2013

Why Obama’s Tobacco Tax Plan Shouldn’t Pass
The president’s budget proposal contains a hike in tobacco taxes to pay for expanded preschool education.
Posted Apr 17, 2013

Obama’s 2014 Budget Increases Tobacco Taxes
Higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products would help fund the Preschool for All initiative.
Posted Apr 11, 2013

NACS Responds to U.S. House Committee on Blend Wall, RFS
The association provided answers to questions raised from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding issues related to the Renewable Fuels Standard.
Posted Apr 10, 2013

Washington Report: Retailers Urge Support for Menu-Labeling Bill
A coalition of convenience and grocery stores and pizzerias is urging members of Congress to support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.
Posted Apr 9, 2013

CDC Issues Grants to Conduct Health Impact Assessments
A leading expert on HIA will visit Davidson, NC, to further leverage CDC's investment.
Posted Apr 3, 2013

Cigarette Excise Taxes Link to Black Market Sales
The notion that increasing cigarette excise taxes will discourage underage smoking is refuted by NACS.
Posted Apr 1, 2013

EPA Proposes Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard
The proposed Tier 3 fuel regulations are designed to ensure that future vehicle models reduce emissions, are more efficient and save money at the pump; however, members of Congress and the American Petroleum Institute disagree.
Posted Apr 1, 2013

House Committee Examines 'Blend Wall' Challenges
The House Energy and Commerce Committee released its first in a series of white papers that examines a number of issues emerging with the Renewable Fuels Standard and is asking for input from interested stakeholders.
Posted Mar 25, 2013

Washington Report: NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation
Bipartisan legislation introduced during Capitol Hill press conference provides much-needed flexibility and recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach would not work.
Posted Mar 22, 2013

FDA Abandons Cigarette Graphic Labels Appeal
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Food and Drug Administration would go back to the drawing board and propose new labels.
Posted Mar 21, 2013

Washington Report: Convenience Store Industry Heads to Washington
NACS Day on Capitol Hill begins with advice from members of Congress and congressional staff on the importance of industry advocacy and building relationships.
Posted Mar 20, 2013

Interest in Health Impact Assessments Grows
More localities are creating zoning laws that forbid the sale of alcohol or tobacco within a mile of low-income housing or schools.
Posted Mar 15, 2013

Washington Report: FDA Sees Menu Labeling as 'Thorny'
The commissioner said the issue has been difficult to parse out as the agency works to write the new law.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

Washington Report: Website Launched to Help Retailers Oppose Proposed Settlement
Merchantsobject.com provides tools for all retailers affected by the proposed Visa and MasterCard settlement to express their opposition by opting out and objecting to the proposal.
Posted Mar 12, 2013

Nevada Lawmaker Seeks Stricter Menu-Labeling Rules
Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wants to expand the new federal rules on calorie counts displayed on menu boards to restaurant chains with 10 or more locations.
Posted Mar 12, 2013

House, Senate Democrats Push for $10.10 Minimum Wage
The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would increase the federal starting wage in increments and tie future raises to the cost of living.
Posted Mar 8, 2013

Federal Reserve Issues Report on Interchange
The report contains summary information on the volume and value, interchange fee revenue, certain debit card issuer costs, and fraud losses related to debit card transactions in 2011.
Posted Mar 6, 2013

Zeller Assumes Top Post at Center for Tobacco Products
Tobacco industry representatives remain skeptical about Zeller's appointment, noting his previous tobacco-control efforts.
Posted Mar 5, 2013

E-Cigarette Regulatory Talk Heats Up
An anti-smoking group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes.
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Washington Report: Join Your Colleagues on Capitol Hill
Join industry stakeholders in Washington March 19-20 for NACS Day on Capitol Hill and educate Congress about key regulatory and legislative issues that affect your business.
Posted Feb 26, 2013

Merchants Want Mystery Taken Out of Swipe Fees
Retailers often have no idea what swipe fees will be attached to individual transactions until after the transaction has been processed.
Posted Feb 21, 2013

Washington Report: U.S. Senators Seek to Limit Ethanol in Gasoline
Senators Roger Wicker and David Vitter say that E15 has been found to cause engine damage, reduce fuel efficiency, and contribute to higher corn prices and rising food costs.
Posted Feb 18, 2013

Washington Report: President Ignites Minimum Wage Debate
President Obama wants to boost the federal minimum wage, but would a higher rate actually help workers or limit employee hiring? The answer is as varied as economists' opinions.
Posted Feb 18, 2013

Congress Introduces Online Tax Bill
The U.S. Senate introduced legislation that would require online and catalog retailers to collect sales tax in states that have simplified their sales tax laws.
Posted Feb 18, 2013

Senate Democrats Take on Tobacco Taxes
New legislation would seek to change federal excise tax rates on tobacco products.
Posted Feb 4, 2013

Washington Report: Credit Card Appeal Delayed Until Fall
The court's decision means that settlement notices to retailers across the country can continue to be distributed, and that retailers will have the opportunity to opt out of the monetary portion of the case and/or object to the proposed settlement.
Posted Feb 1, 2013

Washington Report: EPA Proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards
The agency is proposing to blend more than 1.35 billion gallons of renewable fuels over the amount mandated for 2012. EPA is also proposing a structured process for buyers of Renewable Identification Numbers.
Posted Feb 1, 2013

Ethanol Fight May Advance to Supreme Court
The API is floating the idea of petitioning the Supreme Court to consider a recent E15 decision that upheld the fuel's use in the marketplace.
Posted Jan 31, 2013

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Seeks Ban on Surcharges
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl says he's drafting legislation that would prohibit retailers from surcharging.
Posted Jan 31, 2013

Washington Report: No Ruling on Proposed Card Settlement Appeal
A ruling on an appeal to the proposed swipe fee settlement was expected on Tuesday, but hasn't happened yet. Read more for what you need to know about settlement notices.
Posted Jan 30, 2013

Washington Report: Smoke and Mirrors on Surcharging
Scare tactics to drum up fear in consumers about retailers being able to surcharge is nothing more than credit card industry propaganda.
Posted Jan 30, 2013

Cordray Appointment Ruled as Unconstitutional
The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that President Obama's January 2012 recess appointments to the NLRB, during which he appointed Richard Cordray to head the bureau, are unconstitutional.
Posted Jan 29, 2013

Washington Report: Swipe Fee Ruling Expected This Week
Class counsel may begin sending out notices of the settlement to the approximately 8 million merchants in the class, perhaps as early as tomorrow.
Posted Jan 28, 2013

Washington Report: Members of Congress Drill Energy Drink Makers
Three U.S. senators are asking 14 energy drink manufacturers to explain their marketing claims and labeling practices, as well as provide a list of ingredients.
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Drop the Drama on Durbin
Banking industry expert Lee Wetherington says that the big banks misled the public to ensure "unity" among the baking industry during the debit card swipe fee debate.
Posted Jan 14, 2013

State Lawmaker Suggests Online Lottery
South Carolina lottery executives also stress that any effort must continue to help merchants that sell lottery tickets.
Posted Jan 11, 2013

Government Okays Health Exchanges for More States
The exchanges are intended to provide consumers with affordable access to health insurance plans.
Posted Jan 7, 2013

Washington Report: Government Releases Proposed Rules on Employer Mandate
The proposed rules address some key issues relating to the employer mandate provision of the health-care law.
Posted Jan 3, 2013

Washington Report: Congress Averts the Fiscal Cliff (Barely)
With hours to spare the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate agreed on a final tax package that contains provisions significant to the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Posted Jan 3, 2013

Washington Report: Payroll Taxes Jump to 6.2%
As of January 1, the payroll tax rate increased to 6.2% on the first $113,700 in wages.
Posted Jan 3, 2013

Election Has Small Businesses Looking for Relief
Both President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney have pointed out how their plan will help small businesses � but owners are skeptical.
Posted Oct 19, 2012

Washington Report: Health Care Requirements: What It Means for You
As businesses develop a better understanding of the health-care law requirements, many are undertaking a more thorough analysis of how the law will affect their operations and the potential for increased tax liabilities.
Posted Oct 18, 2012

Advocate of GE Food Labeling Calls on Congress
Win or lose, supporters of the California ballot initiative to disclose genetically engineered foods say the FDA must make changes to its voluntary food labeling policy.
Posted Oct 18, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Urges EPA to Consider Long-Term Amendments to RFS
Striking a balance between market realities and the desire to fulfill RFS objectives, NACS and SIGMA urge the EPA to reject RFS waiver requests while considering lowering the RFS volume obligations for future years.
Posted Oct 16, 2012

Majority of Named Plaintiffs Oppose Visa/MasterCard Settlement
The named plaintiffs, representing all U.S. merchants, vow to continue fighting for real credit card fee reform.
Posted Oct 12, 2012

Justice Department Asks Entire Appeals Court to Review Cigarette Label Decision
The Obama administration wants to reverse a ruling that said the FDA's graphic labels violated the First Amendment.
Posted Oct 10, 2012

One Year Later: Debit Swipe Fee Reform a Good First Step
While the rules did not go as far as Congress intended, with some merchants seeing higher rates on small transactions, the debit card swipe fee reforms enacted a year ago are a good first step.
Posted Oct 1, 2012

NYACS Opposes Swipe-Fee Settlement
The New York Association of Convenience Stores says the settlement provides "no long-term relief for retailers."
Posted Sep 27, 2012

National Restaurant Association Announces Opposition to Proposed Swipe Fee Settlement
The trade group says the industry fears the agreement would cement a broken marketplace.
Posted Sep 26, 2012

Senator Durbin to ABA: "A Defeat Is Not the Same as a Mistake"
The senator blasted the American Bankers Association about its recent letter to Congress calling swipe fee reform a "mistake."
Posted Sep 26, 2012

Kansas Jury Rules in Favor of Industry in "Hot Gas" Case
The hot gas issue stems from an allegation that retailers are defrauding the consumer by selling fuel at a temperature greater than the 60 degrees F � the temperature at which a gallon of gasoline is measured.
Posted Sep 25, 2012

Washington Report: Senate Introduces Menu-Labeling Legislation
The NACS-supported bill would allow the government to meet the objectives of the menu-labeling law without unnecessarily burdening retailers that rightfully should be outside of its scope.
Posted Sep 21, 2012

Proposed Swipe Fee Settlement Entrenches Visa/MasterCard Price Fixing
Group urges Congress to reject false claims from Visa and MasterCard.
Posted Sep 21, 2012

GAO: Debit Reform Has Been Good for Community Banks, Credit Unions
With Oct. 1, the one-year anniversary of the Durbin Amendment nearing, one of the banking industry's main messages has collapsed like a house of cards.
Posted Sep 20, 2012

RYO Retailers Aren't Giving Up
Some retailers in Washington State, with the help of attorneys, are exploiting a loophole to keep their roll-your-own business afloat.
Posted Sep 17, 2012

Washington Report: Congressional Black Caucus Expresses Concern Over SNAP Changes
The group is concerned that the fraud prevention solution contained in the Farm Bill may not work.
Posted Sep 14, 2012

Washington Report: Temporary Guidance Issued on Provisions in Health-Care Law
The explanation gives a formula for calculating which employees are considered full time.
Posted Sep 14, 2012

NACS Warns of Firms Offering Settlement Payout Assistance
The firms are soliciting retailers to sign up for claims recovery services for a hefty fee.
Posted Sep 12, 2012

U.S. Health-Care System Wastes $750 Billion a Year
A new report by the Institute of Medicine reveals how inefficiencies, an overwhelming amount of data, and other economic and quality barriers are threatening the nation's economic stability and global competitiveness.
Posted Sep 10, 2012

FDA Hosts Tobacco Compliance Webinar
The agency detailed a new document that it has begun sending to tobacco retailers notifying them that an inspection had occurred and that they might be receiving a violation notice.
Posted Sep 7, 2012

FDA Webinar on Tobacco Compliance Checks Today
Today's webinar, "Compliance Check Inspection Notifications," takes place at 2:00 pm EST.
Posted Sep 5, 2012

Protect Your Business, Attend NACS Day on Capitol Hill
This unique event, taking place March 19 to 20, provides an opportunity for convenience and fuel retailers to educate members of Congress about their business and the industry.
Posted Sep 4, 2012

Retailers Continue Opposing Proposed Swipe Fees Settlement
Convenience retailers continue to express concerns about the proposed antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard.
Posted Aug 31, 2012

Obama Administration Finalizes Fuel Efficiency Standards
The government says that consumer savings are comparable to lowering the price of gasoline by $1 per gallon by 2025.
Posted Aug 29, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Urges Support for Menu-Labeling Bill
NACS members can help protect against costly and burdensome menu-labeling regulations by asking their representatives in Congress to support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.
Posted Aug 28, 2012

Court: Graphic Cigarette Labels Violate Free Speech
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled that forcing the companies to place large health warnings on packs of cigarettes violates First Amendment free speech protections.
Posted Aug 27, 2012

RILA Announces Opposition to Proposed Swipe Fee Settlement
The association, which represents more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers and service suppliers, is also urging class plaintiffs to reject the proposal and pursue meaningful market reforms.
Posted Aug 23, 2012

RYO Tobacco Machine Industry Loses Appeal
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a rule issued by the federal government that RYO retailers are tobacco manufacturers.
Posted Aug 22, 2012

Montana C-Stores Go After Senator Tester
Retailers in the state targeted the senator for his role in trying to delay new limits on debit card swipe fees.
Posted Aug 16, 2012

Lawyers Try to Silence NACS Opposition to Proposed Settlement
In a letter to the Court, plaintiffs' counsel complained of NACS alleged efforts to "lobby" merchants and other plaintiffs.
Posted Aug 15, 2012

FDA Increases Tobacco Compliance Efforts
We Card President Doug Anderson calls for increased retailer awareness of current FDA regulations and commitment to employee training as a top priority.
Posted Aug 14, 2012

Cigar Makers Chaff Under Possible Agency Oversight
The FDA is looking into regulations for premium cigars, which has some members of Congress looking for ways to exclude the tobacco products from agency rules.
Posted Aug 14, 2012

Health-Care Law Will Hike the Cost of Pizza
Papa John's CEO told shareholders that the current health-care law will add 11 cents to 14 cents per pie.
Posted Aug 10, 2012

NACS: Swipe Fee Battle Continues
In an op-ed piece, Lyle Beckwith points to the growing ranks of retailers who are saying "no thanks" to the Visa and MasterCard proposed antitrust settlement as evidence of an increasing discontent.
Posted Aug 10, 2012

Retailers Scoff at Proposed Visa, MasterCard Settlement
Most retailers are miffed about the terms, which would bring little relief in terms of swipe fee savings for their customers.
Posted Aug 9, 2012

Washington Report: Senator Durbin Blasts Proposed Antitrust Settlement
The senator, who championed debit card swipe fee reform two years ago, called the proposed settlement "a sweetheart deal" for Visa, MasterCard and a "bad deal" for retailers and consumers.
Posted Aug 8, 2012

Baucus/Hatch Bill Extends Work Opportunity Tax Credit
The final version also restores AMT relief through 2013.
Posted Aug 6, 2012

House Urges EPA to Waive RFS
Waiver request cites concerns about rising corn prices and falling supply due to the recent drought.
Posted Aug 6, 2012

NCPA, NCGA Reject Proposed Antitrust Settlement
The National Community Pharmacists Association labels the settlement "insufficient," while the National Cooperative Grocers Association says the agreement "falls short of providing true reform."
Posted Aug 3, 2012

Congressional Regulatory Review Caucus Eyes Menu Labeling, Calorie Counts
The caucus aims to "bring common sense back to the regulatory process."
Posted Aug 3, 2012

NACS Applauds NPC for Advising Government to Remain Technology Neutral
Report on new fuel and vehicle technologies recommends coordinated market approach to determine the vehicle and fuel technologies of the future.
Posted Aug 2, 2012

National Grange Urges EPA's Cooperation With Livestock Producers
The group seeks a year's waiver from the EPA renewable fuel standard rule.
Posted Aug 2, 2012

New Federal Reserve Rule Will Enrich Banks for Not Preventing Fraud
The Merchants Payments Coalition says the Fed is "abdicating its regulatory role."
Posted Aug 1, 2012

Former MasterCard Executive: Antitrust Settlement Will Fail
David True explains why releasing Visa and MasterCard from any future legal claims brought forth by merchants will result in the failure of the agreement.
Posted Jul 30, 2012

Smithfield CEO Calls for National RFS Waiver
As drought conditions worsen, C. Larry Pope's Wall Street Journal editorial calls on the government to waive the mandate requiring the blending of ethanol into the nation's fuel supply.
Posted Jul 30, 2012

U.S House Votes to Cut Red Tape
Legislation would put a moratorium on new federal regulations until the unemployment rate gets down to 6%.
Posted Jul 30, 2012

Democrats Propose Minimum Wage Hike
A bill introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate last week would boost the minimum wage over three years from $7.25 to $9.80 an hour.
Posted Jul 30, 2012

National Grocers Association Opposes Proposed Swipe Fee Settlement
The NGA said that its members were especially worried about Visa and MasterCard halting other payment methods; the Vermont Retail Association also voices opposition to the proposed antitrust settlement.
Posted Jul 27, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation
The bipartisan legislation outlines a less burdensome approach to menu labeling and includes language addressing the types of retail locations that are covered by federal menu-labeling requirements.
Posted Jul 25, 2012

Walmart Joins in Opposition to Proposed Swipe Fee Settlement
Walmart states that the proposed settlement would not structurally change the broken market or prohibit credit card networks from continually increasing hidden swipe fees, which already cost consumers tens of billions of dollars each year.
Posted Jul 25, 2012

Target Joins NACS: Proposed Swipe Fee Settlement Is Bad
NACS cautions retailers to watch out for unsolicited sales calls and tells retailers they can also make their voice heard.
Posted Jul 23, 2012

Estate Tax Looms
Among a bevvy of other tax cuts set to expire by 2013, the estate tax is causing a stir among Senate and House leaders.
Posted Jul 23, 2012

RYO Cigarette Stores Start Shuttering
The federal highway bill clarifies that RYO cigarette sellers are to be treated as manufacturers.
Posted Jul 20, 2012

Weights and Measures Approves Reforms to Permit Fuel Discounts
The NCWM voted unanimously to revise regulations that enable retailers to comply with weights and measures regulations when offering fuel discounts.
Posted Jul 19, 2012

Food Safety Regulation Delays Lead to Frustrations
"The [Food Safety Modernization Act] hasn't gotten out of the starting gate," reports USA Today, with several important rules still awaiting approval.
Posted Jul 17, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Rejects Proposed Antitrust Settlement With Card Companies
The NACS Board of Directors unanimously rejected the proposed settlement with Visa and MasterCard because it does not introduce competition and transparency into the broken credit card swipe fee market.
Posted Jul 16, 2012

House Agriculture Committee Bill Trims Food Stamp Allotment
The bill cuts 2% from the $80 billion the government spends each year on food stamps.
Posted Jul 13, 2012

Washington Report: House Votes to Repeal Health-Care Law
A handful of Democrats crossed party lines to repeal President Obama's health-care law.
Posted Jul 12, 2012

Senate Clashes Over Tax Cuts
With Taxmageddon looming, the Senate plays politics with taxpayer dollars with less than six months to go before trillions of dollars in tax cuts expire on December 31.
Posted Jul 12, 2012

TTB Issues Notice on RYO Cigarette Machines
Per federal law, roll-your-own cigarette manufacturers must now apply for a permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Posted Jul 12, 2012

Washington Report: House Approves Bill to Stop Frivolous ATM Lawsuits
The bipartisan bill eliminates redundant ATM signage requirements for transaction fees.
Posted Jul 11, 2012

MPC Speaks Out on Unfair Credit Card Marketplace
The Merchants Payments Coalition chairman sets the record straight on the current credit card climate in a Roll Call op-ed.
Posted Jul 11, 2012

Washington Report: NACS, SIGMA Urge Support for Domestic Fuels Bill
Joe Petrowski of Cumberland Gulf Group is testifying today before Congress on current regulatory and legal obstacles that stand in the way of convenience and fuel retailers being able to bring new fuels to market.
Posted Jul 10, 2012

Washington Report: Roll-Your-Own Language Becomes Law
President Obama signed the Transportation Bill, which includes a NACS-supported amendment that clarifies the regulatory responsibilities for all tobacco retailers.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

Food Stamp Fight
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee unveiled its version of the farm bill with plans to cut food stamp funding. Debate begins on Wednesday.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

House Republicans Seek to Repeal Health-Care Law
Legislation introduced last week by House Republican leaders would repeal the 2010 health-care law that was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

Transportation Bill May End Roll-Your-Own Stores
The NACS-supported amendment clarifies that retailers who operate roll-your-own (RYO) cigarette machines are manufacturers of cigarettes and therefore subject to federal excise taxes.
Posted Jul 5, 2012

Washington Report: President Obama to Sign Transportation Bill
Last week Congress passed a federal highway spending bill, which includes the LUST Trust Fund and a provision that clarifies that retailers who operate roll-your-own cigarette machines are in fact cigarette manufacturers.
Posted Jul 2, 2012

Congress Passes Ban on 'Bath Salts'
The bill will prohibit 28 chemicals used to make synthetic drugs, including fake marijuana.
Posted Jun 29, 2012

Washington Report: Supreme Court Upholds Health-Care Law
The high court decision keeps in place the contentious employer mandate provision and menu-labeling mandates.
Posted Jun 28, 2012

Washington Report: Highway Bill Includes RYO Provision
A provision in the final conference report clarifies that retailers who operate roll-your-own cigarette machines are manufacturers of cigarettes.
Posted Jun 28, 2012

Washington Report: Committee Approves Bill Aimed at Ending Frivolous ATM Lawsuits
The House Financial Services Committee approved legislation eliminating redundant fee disclosures on ATMs.
Posted Jun 28, 2012

Washington Report: EPA Gives Final Approval to E15 Sale
However, many hoops remain before consumers will actually fill up with the higher-blend fuel.
Posted Jun 20, 2012

Washington Report: U.S. Readies for Health-Care Ruling
Rumors are swirling that the Supreme Court will soon announce its ruling on President Obama's health-care law.
Posted Jun 18, 2012

NYACS Urges New York to Act on Unregulated RYO Machines
Time is running out for the state legislature to pass a bill that would hold roll-your-own shops to the same standards as retailers.
Posted Jun 18, 2012

Consumers Reap Savings, Economy Benefits From Debit Card Reform
Home Depot has slashed prices on more than 3,000 products since the Durbin Amendment took effect.
Posted Jun 14, 2012

Durbin: One Year Later
Retailers celebrate the one-year anniversary of protecting the Durbin Amendment, and Montana retailers sent a letter to the senator who lost the battle to bring debit card relief to a screeching halt.
Posted Jun 11, 2012

Pay Equity Bill Goes Down in Senate
Republicans oppose a bill that would have made it easier for women to litigate their way to pay equality, maintaining the measure was too broad.
Posted Jun 7, 2012

Durbin Supports Merchants Lawsuit Against Federal Reserve
The senator filed a friend-of-the-court brief that agrees with NACS and other retailer groups.
Posted May 23, 2012

Senate Introduces ATM Signage Bill
The NACS-supported bill seeks to eliminate the dual fee notification requirement at an ATM.
Posted May 21, 2012

USA Today Punctures Myths About Swipe Fees
The battle continues between retailers and banks on whether consumers are seeing lower prices with lower debit card fees.
Posted May 14, 2012

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Close Tobacco-Tax Loophole
The bill alleges that tobacco companies are avoiding federal cigarette and roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco taxes.
Posted May 14, 2012

The Impact of Interchange Fees
Forbes article details the impact of interchange fees on fuel marketers, and how banks are shifting the blame to control public opinion.
Posted May 11, 2012

Experts Push for Congress to Take on Obesity
If the food industry doesn't seize the initiative in the fight against obesity, a new report urges lawmakers to step in.
Posted May 9, 2012

Congress Moves Closer To Raiding LUST Trust Fund
The highway bill would divert one-third of new revenues from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund, further compromising the integrity of the program.
Posted May 4, 2012

Federal Reserve Numbers Shows Banks' Claims Are Wrong
Small and medium banks and credit unions are doing well under swipe fee reform.
Posted May 4, 2012

Washington Report: House-Passed Bill Ends Taxpayer-Funded Ads Against C-Store Products
A provision contained in the bill would end taxpayer-funded attack ads on products that the convenience store industry sells.
Posted Apr 30, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Responds to U.S. House Raiding LUST Trust Fund
Raiding $3 billion from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund sends a clear message that Congress is abandoning a critical program that protects the health and water security of their constituents.
Posted Apr 26, 2012

EPA Seeks to Downplay RFS Concerns
NACS tells EPA that increased fuel economy will sharply reduce fuel use, which will make it difficult for refiners to meet RFS supply mandates.
Posted Apr 26, 2012

Senate Fails to Overturn Ambush Elections
The National Labor Relations Board's rule could stifle job creation.
Posted Apr 25, 2012

Industry Data Shows Pain at the Pump From Card Fees
When gas prices go up, so do the profits of big banks and credit card companies in swipe fees.
Posted Apr 24, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Testifies on Domestic Fuels Protection Act
The legislation would remove current regulatory and some legal roadblocks to help bring new motor fuels to market.
Posted Apr 20, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Testifies on Domestic Fuels Bill
NACS Vice President of Government Relations tells a House panel that H.R. 4345 addresses some of the legal challenges facing retailers and begins to create a market in which retailers can make lawful business decisions about the fuels they will sell.
Posted Apr 19, 2012

Washington Report: NACS, PMAA and SIGMA Blast Congress for Raiding LUST Trust Fund
The groups reiterate to Congress that the industry is strongly opposed to efforts that would raid $3 billion from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund.
Posted Apr 19, 2012

Washington Report: Banks Wrongly Blaming Merchants Over Swipe Fees: Op-Ed
A Fox News op-ed penned by the Merchants Payments Coalition blasts the banks in the ongoing interchange fee fight.
Posted Apr 19, 2012

Obama to Pursue Oil Speculators
President blames speculators as driving up oil prices; calls for increased funding to regulate markets where crude oil futures are traded.
Posted Apr 19, 2012

Judge Decides Employers Elect to Skip Union Notice Postings
The federal justice ruled last week that the NLRB had no authority to make most private businesses put up right-to-unionize posters.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Urges UST Revisions
NACS and SIGMA provided comments to the EPA with suggestions on how to limit the burden of proposed underground storage tank regulations.
Posted Apr 17, 2012

GOP Focuses on Gas Prices
Connecting high gas prices to the broader economic picture will put Democrats at a disadvantage heading into the election, Republicans maintain.
Posted Apr 17, 2012

Boehner Considers Tying Keystone Pipeline to Highway Funding Bill
The House speaker is reportedly considering a 90-day "clean" extension of federal highway and transit programs and would use the Keystone pipeline to open up conference negotiations with the Senate.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Push for Higher Minimum Wage Renews
Both federal and state lawmakers are beginning to talk about increasing the pay floor.
Posted Apr 13, 2012

Washington Report: Connecticut Seeks to Classify RYO Shops as Manufacturers
The state legislature is considering a law that would make roll-your-own tobacco shops obtain a manufacturer's license; NACS urges members to get involved at the federal level.
Posted Apr 11, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Hears Tobacco Label Case
Yesterday, the government and tobacco firms laid out their arguments for and against graphic warning labels for cigarette packs.
Posted Apr 11, 2012

Deficit Will Climb With Health-Care Law
A new study finds that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would add $340 billion to the federal deficit.
Posted Apr 11, 2012

Hidden Bank Fees Cost Consumers at the Pump
A new NACS study reveals that customers are paying up to 10 cents a gallon in hidden bank fees every time they fill up.
Posted Apr 10, 2012

WTO Labels Flavored Cigarette Ban Discriminatory
The organization ruled that the prohibition violates a trade agreement.
Posted Apr 6, 2012

Lower-End Retailers Complain of High Swipe Fees
The interchange fees are too high for sellers of inexpensive goods.
Posted Apr 5, 2012

Washington Report: EPA Approves E15 in Gasoline
The agency approved the first registration applications for making E15 available to consumers.
Posted Apr 3, 2012

Ricker's Rewards Takes a Swipe Out of Interchange Fees
The Ricker's Rewards Club card is a hit with consumers, with more than 100,000 cards flying off store shelves.
Posted Apr 3, 2012

Why Mobile Payments Concern Banks
American Banker highlights the growing rift between banks and merchants, and why it must be repaired to keep financial institutions competitive in mobile payments.
Posted Apr 3, 2012

Washington Report: House of Representatives Introduces Domestic Fuels Protection Act
Both chambers of Congress have now introduced NACS-supported legislation that provides fuel retailers with the opportunity to sell new fuels in a responsible and legal manner.
Posted Apr 2, 2012

Washington Report: Senate Introduces Domestic Fuels Act
The NACS-supported legislation provides fuel retailers with the opportunity to sell new fuels in a responsible and legal manner.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

Washington Report: Supreme Court Continues Health-Care Law Review
The justices are now debating the three days' worth of oral arguments, including the constitutionality of the law's individual mandate.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Urges Support for RYO Legislation
Building on the momentum from last week's successful Day on Capitol Hill event, NACS asks members to appeal to Congress for its support of roll-your-own tobacco legislation.
Posted Mar 29, 2012

Supreme Court Hears Health-Care Law
Yesterday, the justices weighed whether it's too soon to consider a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
Posted Mar 27, 2012

Illinois Online Lottery Begins
On Sunday, Illinois became the first state to allow online lottery sales � and it won't be the last.
Posted Mar 26, 2012

Dissolvable Tobacco Carries Fewer Health Risks
According to the FDA, dissolvable tobacco products not only carry fewer health risks than cigarettes but also could increase the number of overall tobacco consumers.
Posted Mar 23, 2012

Washington Report: The Value of Advocacy
NACS Day on Capitol Hill kicks off with an issues briefing and a networking reception with members of Congress and their staff. Today, attendees take our industry messages to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
Posted Mar 21, 2012

Illinois C-Stores Step Back From Online Lottery Opposition
The Illinois Lottery has no intention of ending store ticket sales.
Posted Mar 21, 2012

Washington Report: Sixth Circuit Issues Mixed Ruling in Tobacco Case
Legal experts suggest that it could be some time before the differences among the courts involved are fully settled.
Posted Mar 20, 2012

Washington Report: Highway Bill Amendment Includes RYO Tobacco Language
Washington Post portrays RYO legislation as Big Tobacco versus the little guy, a characterization that NACS is fighting to counter.
Posted Mar 20, 2012

Washington Report: Senate Transportation Bill Raids LUST Fund
The Senate-passed bill would raid $3 billion from the federal Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund and divert future revenues for the program to offset the Highway Trust Fund.
Posted Mar 19, 2012

Washington Report: New ADA Regulations Take Effect
Beginning March 15, new regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act are changing accessibility requirements for all retailers.
Posted Mar 16, 2012

Washington Report: NACS, We Card Host Tobacco Compliance Webinar
NACS and We Card shed light on retailer rights and responsibilities following an FDA tobacco compliance inspection.
Posted Mar 15, 2012

A "No" Vote on Rest Area Commercialization
U.S. Senate upholds the federal law prohibiting the sale of food and fuel from Interstate rest areas.
Posted Mar 14, 2012

National Restaurant Association Joins Suit against Federal Reserve
The association joins NACS and other groups in the lawsuit that says the Fed failed to follow congressional intent on swipe fee reform.
Posted Mar 12, 2012

Final Rule on State HIEs to Be Issued Soon
After months of scrutiny and deliberations, a final ruling detailing the structure for state health insurance exchanges is imminent.
Posted Mar 9, 2012

Share Your Stories About Discounts
To demonstrate to Congress that the Durbin Amendment is working, NACS is collecting stories from retailers who are discounting at the pump.
Posted Mar 8, 2012

NACS' Eichberger Explains Retail Market Dynamics
Shares retailers' perspective in Congressional hearing that examines rising gas prices.
Posted Mar 8, 2012

FDA Reiterates Tobacco Retailers' Obligations
March 6 compliance webinar recaps FAQs regarding tobacco regulations.
Posted Mar 8, 2012

House Energy Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Gas Prices
NACS is among those testifying in a hearing this morning before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy.
Posted Mar 7, 2012

Obama Administration Appeals Tobacco Label Ruling
Last week, a judge had found the graphic warnings unconstitutional.
Posted Mar 7, 2012

NACS Urges Senate to Keep LUST Funds Intact
Last week, Sen. Hatch offered an amendment that would transfer $3 billion from LUST Trust Funds to the Highway Trust Fund.
Posted Mar 5, 2012

Bank of America Considers Fee Hikes
Bank of America is developing plans to assess fees that would affect millions of its customers.
Posted Mar 5, 2012

Washington Report: Court Rules Against Cigarette Warning Labels
D.C. District Judge Richard Leon has ruled that FDA's tobacco labeling requirements are unconstitutional.
Posted Mar 1, 2012

Connecticut RYO Case Continues
In Connecticut, the state had requested an injunction to halt the use of roll your own machines at tobacco shops.
Posted Feb 29, 2012

Banks Projecting Durbin Amendment Impact of $6 Billion
Bank of America and Wells Fargo say they've lost close to $800 million combined in swipe fees.
Posted Feb 29, 2012

NACS to Host Webinar on FDA Tobacco Compliance
Join NACS and We Card for a webinar on March 14 to learn more about retailer rights and responsibilities for tobacco compliance.
Posted Feb 28, 2012

California Merchants Battle ADA Lawsuits
Business owners in the town of Lodi say they are "victims of lawsuit abuse" by people who are exposing loopholes in the current law.
Posted Feb 27, 2012

Washington Report: NACS, Biofuels Sector Express Concerns Over Greenhouse Gas Regulations
Trade groups and automakers warn that EPA's new vehicle GHG rules will make it even harder to comply with the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022.
Posted Feb 24, 2012

Washington Report: Rest Area Commercialization Rears Its Ugly Head
An amendment being offered to the transportation reauthorization legislation would jeopardize thousands of businesses � including c-stores � that currently operate along Interstate highway exits.
Posted Feb 24, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Offers Webinar on ADA Compliance
New ADA regulations take effect on March 15; however, the DOJ is already aggressively enforcing ADA compliance with particular attention to the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Posted Feb 23, 2012

Washington Report: FDA Updates Warning Letter Procedures
The agency noted during a webinar this week that is removing some of the burdensome legal language and including better time estimates for tobacco violations.
Posted Feb 23, 2012

FDA to Review Inhalable Caffeine
Senator Schumer is urging the FDA to study the safety of AeroShot, an inhalable caffeine product that is dispensed in a lipstick-sized canister.
Posted Feb 21, 2012

EEOC Provides Guidance on High School Diploma Requirements
An informal discussion letter about how employers could be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring applicants to have a high school diploma has led to confusion.
Posted Feb 20, 2012

Washington Report: Senate Committee Transfers $3.7 Billion from LUST to Senate Transportation Bill
The Highway Trust Fund usually receives monies from the federal gasoline tax, currently at 18.4 cents per gallon.
Posted Feb 10, 2012

Washington Report: EPA Extends Comment Period for UST Changes
The agency will accept comments until April 16.
Posted Feb 10, 2012

NACS Asks Congress for Relief From Redundant ATM Signage
NACS is urging Congress to modify a requirement for ATM operators to attach signage to ATMs notifying customers of any usage fees, which has prompted numerous frivolous lawsuits.
Posted Feb 9, 2012

Washington Report: NACS Concerned About FDA's Flawed Interpretation of the Tobacco Law
A webinar confirms that by interpreting the law as permitting a single retail inspection to result in multiple "violations," FDA is violating the law it is charged with implementing.
Posted Feb 8, 2012

Washington Report: House Committee Approves Keystone Pipeline Legislation
The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted in favor of legislation that seeks to expedite approval of the Keystone pipeline project.
Posted Feb 8, 2012

House Panel Endorses Ethanol Study Bill
The bill would require the EPA and National Academy of Sciences to study the effects of E15 on commercial vehicles and marine engines.
Posted Feb 8, 2012

Columnist Blasts Reports That Dictates Consumer Eating Habits
Encourage healthy eating without telling people to outright ban sugar and cheese from their diets, which will only breed rebellion, notes a Washington Post columnist.
Posted Feb 7, 2012

Discounts for Gas Increasingly Common
New Jersey retailers looking to incent more customers with cash discounts.
Posted Feb 6, 2012

Washington Report: NACS to Senate: Hands Off LUST Fund
NACS is urging the Senate Finance Committee not to move LUST monies to the transportation bill.
Posted Feb 3, 2012

Washington Report: Judge Hears Arguments in Cigarette Warning Labels Case
The Department of Justice asked the district court judge to support the FDA's tobacco marketing rules.
Posted Feb 3, 2012

Business Group Comes Out Against FDA's Graphic Warning Labels
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that the federal government should not be able to dictate tobacco company packaging that persuades consumers not to purchase the product.
Posted Feb 2, 2012

FDA Offers Compliance Training Webinar
The February 7 webinar will address what retailers should expect during a compliance inspection.
Posted Feb 1, 2012

Washington Report: Senate Republicans Push for Keystone Pipeline Approval
GOP leaders are attempting to bypass the Obama administration to get the project off the ground.
Posted Feb 1, 2012

Washington Report: NLRB Pushes for Union Organizing Rules
One proposal would help unions organize new members by requiring businesses to hand over lists of employee phone numbers and emails to union leaders prior to an election.
Posted Jan 30, 2012

Washington Report: Maryland Retailers Fret Online Lottery Sales
Maryland lottery officials are considering selling online lottery tickets to bring in additional revenue.
Posted Jan 30, 2012

Bank of America Brings Back Debit Rewards
Bank of America will begin testing a new merchant-funded, Groupon-like deals program to build on consumer spending habits.
Posted Jan 30, 2012

New Hampshire Considers Cap on Debit, Credit Card Fees
The controversial bill would limit debit fees for credit and debit transactions for state-chartered banks to 1%.
Posted Jan 26, 2012

Small Lenders Benefitting From Durbin
Banks with assets under $10 billion are exempt from Durbin, with retailers in rural areas finding little relief from debit card fees.
Posted Jan 24, 2012

Shorter Keystone XL Pipeline in the Works
TransCanada may consider shortening the pipeline so it begins in Montana instead of Canada, which removes the requirement for federal approval.
Posted Jan 23, 2012

NACS Provides Comments to FDA on Tobacco Marketing
The letter also covers comments on non-face-to-face sale and distribution of tobacco products as well as advertising and promotion.
Posted Jan 20, 2012

Democrats Ask for Ban of Flavored Cigars
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the FDA pushing for such a prohibition.
Posted Jan 20, 2012

New York City Targets Additional RYO Shops
Cease-and-desist orders have been sent to five more shops, citing the state's "fire safe" cigarette law.
Posted Jan 19, 2012

Washington Report: President Obama Proposes Consolidation of Six Agencies
Under the plan, the Small Business Administration would become a cabinet-level agency.
Posted Jan 16, 2012

USDA to Close Hundreds of Offices
USDA chief Vilsack tries to allay safety concerns, saying the cuts will have "no impact whatsoever" on food safety.
Posted Jan 12, 2012

Washington Report: Illinois Store Owners Fear Online Lottery Sales Will Hurt Business
Some retailers fear online lottery sales will reduce food traffic in their stores, affecting far more than just lottery ticket sales.
Posted Jan 10, 2012

Ban On "Bath Salts," Synthetic Marijuana Delayed in Senate
House-passed legislation that would prohibit the sale of synthetic marijuana and other drugs known as "bath salts" and "plant food" has been delayed indefinitely in the Senate.
Posted Jan 10, 2012

State Regulators Push Back on Stage II Vapor Recovery Removal
NACS is providing a general overview of how retailers can assist state regulators remove Stage II vapor recovery controls requirements.
Posted Jan 9, 2012

Washington Report: President Obama Defies Lawmakers With NLRB Appointments
President Obama announces he will recess-appoint his nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.
Posted Jan 5, 2012

Washington Report: Iowa Caucuses: Winners and Losers
Jim Ellis, NACS political consultant and expert poll analyst, shares insights on what's next for the Republican presidential candidates following Tuesday's Iowa Caucuses.
Posted Jan 5, 2012

NACS Blasts Justice Department's Online Lottery Ruling
The U.S. Department of Justice has opened the door for states to allow online gambling.
Posted Jan 4, 2012

U.S. Senator Plans Bill to Kill Swipe Fee Reform (from Mar 3, 2011)
Senator Rand Paul tells his credit union constituents that he is planning to introduce legislation that would repeal the Durbin swipe fee reform amendment.
Posted Jan 3, 2012

Florida Detectives: Credit Card Skimming Is "Crime of the Future" (from Aug 9, 2011)
Retailers are working with financial institutions and law enforcement to update their security measures and protect their customers.
Posted Jan 3, 2012

Debit Card Swipe Fee Rules Announced Today (from Jun 29, 2011)
Today the Federal Reserve will issue the final rules on debit card swipe fees � watch a webcast of the meeting live.
Posted Jan 3, 2012

Justice Department Rules that Visa, MasterCard Must Compete on Price (from Jun 15, 2011)
The Justice Department finalizes the consent decree it entered with Visa and MasterCard in October 2010.
Posted Jan 3, 2012

FDA Announces Graphic Cigarette Health Messages (from Jun 21, 2011)
The warnings consist of nine new textual warning statements accompanied by gruesome color graphics depicting the negative health consequences of smoking.
Posted Jan 3, 2012

Washington Report: Waiting Game on Debt Committee and Health Care
While Congress waits to see what Republicans or Democrats are going to use as financial offsets, every committee is waiting to see where the chips fall.
Posted Oct 31, 2011

High Court to Consider Hearing Health-Care Reform Challenge
On Nov. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will meet to decide whether the health-care reform lawsuits will make the court's docket.
Posted Oct 28, 2011

EPA Releases 414-Page Proposed Rule to Revise UST Regulations
Among the contents, EPA is proposing to improve prevention and detection of UST releases and increase emphasis proper tank maintenance.
Posted Oct 27, 2011

Washington Report: Durbin Chastises Wells Fargo CEO
The senator wrote that the bank's new consumer fee is a plain attempt to increase profits � even though the bank just reported record-high third quarter profits.
Posted Oct 24, 2011

California Adopts Nation's First Cap-and-Trade Program
The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved greenhouse gas regulations that seek to reduce pollution and address climate change.
Posted Oct 24, 2011

McCain Withdraws Measure to Nix Aid for Ethanol Pumps
The proposal would have ended subsidies for new gasoline station pumps designed to increase sales of the biofuel.
Posted Oct 21, 2011

Heartland Releases State-Specific Durbin Impact Statistics
Savings from Durbin Amendment are real, and are happening, the company reports.
Posted Oct 20, 2011

Durbin Amendment: A Weak Excuse for New Bank Fees
NACS Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith counters an op-ed that questions "where those post-Durbin price reductions" are as a result of recently enacted debit card swipe fee reforms.
Posted Oct 19, 2011

Congressmen Seek to Combat Black-Market Cigarettes
The STOP Act would crack down on the proliferation of black-market cigarettes in the United States.
Posted Oct 19, 2011

NEFI, PMAA Express "Guarded Optimism" Over CFTC Speculation Limits
The groups also expressed concerns about the specifics of new commodity trading rules and certain implementation deadlines that will be tied to other, long-overdue CFTC actions.
Posted Oct 19, 2011

Washington Report: ATM Operators File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Visa, MC
Also, the Obama administration announced it would not implement a costly long-term health insurance plan as part of the 2010 health-care law.
Posted Oct 17, 2011

Representatives Call for Federal Antitrust Investigation Against Big Banks
Rep. Peter Welch and four House members have called on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the fee strategies of the big banks violate federal antitrust laws.
Posted Oct 14, 2011

NACS Urges House Members to Oppose New Debit Card Swipe Fee Bill
In response to a new bill circulating the House of Representatives that seeks to repeal debit card swipe fee reforms, NACS is asking members not to support H.R. 3156.
Posted Oct 14, 2011

U.S. Reps. Seek to Repeal Debit Card Swipe Fee Reforms
Calling the Durbin Amendment "price controls," U.S. Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Bill Owens are supporting new legislation that seeks to repeal current debit card swipe fee reforms that took effect October 1.
Posted Oct 13, 2011

NACS Offers Tax Reform Suggestions
Advocating for making American businesses more competitive, a coalition of 44 trade associations is urging lawmakers to follow three principles as they assess tax code reforms.
Posted Oct 13, 2011

Fat Taxes Proliferate Around the Globe
From France to Denmark, countries are deciding what constitutes a healthy diet by adding taxes to "unhealthy" foods.
Posted Oct 12, 2011

NACS Comments to FDA on Warning Letters and Multiple Violations
The association also encourages the FDA to accept the We Card program as an "approved" training program.
Posted Oct 12, 2011

Washington Report: Obesity Fight Heads to House Subcommittees
Also this week, the Senate is scheduled to vote on President Obama's jobs bill.
Posted Oct 10, 2011

Merchants Payments Coalition Urges Congress to Support Debit Reform
The group sent a letter to Congress emphasizing its commitment to free and transparent markets.
Posted Oct 7, 2011

FDA Holds Webinar on Warning Letters for Tobacco Retailers
The agency's Center for Tobacco Products clarified which violations for tobacco retailing it would be on the lookout for at convenience stores.
Posted Oct 7, 2011

NLRB Delays Posting of New Employee Rights Notice
The posting of the new employee rights notice has been postponed to Jan. 31 to allow for further education and outreach to businesses.
Posted Oct 6, 2011

Obama Tells Bank of America That Debit Card Fee is Bad Business
The president takes issue with the bank's new $5 monthly debit card fee.
Posted Oct 5, 2011

FDA Holds Webinar on Warning Letters for Tobacco Retailers
The agency is holding the webinar today at 2:00 pm ET.
Posted Oct 4, 2011

NACS Celebrates Industry's Past and Looks to Redefine the Future
Hank Armour shares how knowledge, connections and advocacy have helped shaped the association's growth over the past 50 years, and where the industry is heading.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

NACS Chairman: 'We've Barely Cracked the Seal on What Is Possible'
Jeff Miller shares how NACS delivers tremendous value in advocacy and in sharing new ideas that can grow your business.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

Sen. Durbin Calls Debit Swipe Fee Reforms a Step in the Right Direction
The senator, champion of debit card swipe fee reform in Congress, says recent actions by the banks and card companies prove that they "care less" about providing customer service and more about boosting fees.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

Government Appears to Backtrack on Food Marketing Rules for Children
Several agencies praise the food industry's self-regulation in this area.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

Benefits of Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Take Effect
As debit reform takes effect on October 1, merchants and consumers are looking ahead to reforming credit card interchange.
Posted Sep 30, 2011

Supreme Court Might Hear Health-Care Case
The Obama administration bypassed the appeals court, which could mean it wants the high court to rule on the constitutionality of the health care reform law.
Posted Sep 28, 2011

Small Businesses Sound Off on the Buffett Tax
With roughly three-quarters of small businesses filing taxes on business income at individual rates, the proposal looms as a threat to many.
Posted Sep 27, 2011

Washington Report: Government Shut Down Looming?
The government is facing yet another shutdown if Congress fails to pass another resolution by November 18.
Posted Sep 26, 2011

Visa and MasterCard Undermine Swipe Fee Reform
Federal Reserve is complicit in Visa, MasterCard attack on small business.
Posted Sep 26, 2011

Judge Questions New Cigarette Packaging Rules
A federal judge quizzed the government on whether or not it can make tobacco firms plaster their cigarette packages with graphic images.
Posted Sep 23, 2011

Judge Confirms Lower Court Ruling on Remote Tobacco Sales
Federal appeals court upholds a ruling that prohibits delivery of tobacco through the U.S. Postal Service and exempts the Seneca Nation from collecting state tobacco taxes.
Posted Sep 22, 2011

Washington Report: Gas Tax, LUST Funding Extensions Head to President Obama
Last week the Senate cleared legislation that extends gas and diesel fuel taxes, as well as the LUST tax.
Posted Sep 19, 2011

Mandatory Workplace Posters Now Available
On November 14, every employer covered by the National Labor Relations Act will have to post the new federal workplace notice relating to union organization.
Posted Sep 16, 2011

NACS Urges Improvements to EPA Stage II Rule
Official comments push for more effective, timely and complete elimination of requirements for Stage II vapor recovery at retail fuel facilities.
Posted Sep 14, 2011

FDA Responds to Tobacco Industry About New Cigarette Packaging
The agency filed a brief against a lawsuit brought by four tobacco companies, which claimed the new graphic labels are unconstitutional.
Posted Sep 14, 2011

Washington Report: President Defends Swipe Fee Reforms, Outlines Employer Tax Credits
Upcoming debates over bills that would rein in the National Labor Relations Board and the EPA are likely to turn heated in the next several weeks.
Posted Sep 12, 2011

Federal Court Rejects Obamacare Challenges
A federal appeals court in Virginia rejected challenges to the health-care reform law.
Posted Sep 9, 2011

Obama Plugs Highway Repairs
Prior to his speech on employment last night, the president was touting the need for transportation funding.
Posted Sep 9, 2011

Boston Officials Launch Anti-Sugary Drink Media Blitz
The federally funded campaign is saturating Boston television, radio, web, print and billboard advertisements.
Posted Sep 8, 2011

President Pulls the Plug on Proposed Smog Standards
In a huge win for businesses, President Obama tells the EPA to back off plans to draft stringent ozone standards.
Posted Sep 6, 2011

Sugar Tax Sours Indiana Candy Company
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar introduced the Free Sugar Act, which would end a decades-old law of taxing sugar.
Posted Sep 1, 2011

Washington Report: NLRB Ruling Requires Posting of Employee Rights
Every employer covered by the National Labor Relations Act will be required to post the prescribed 11 x 17 inch notice.
Posted Aug 29, 2011

NRF Urges NLRB to Reject Union Organizing Rules Changes
The group warns that a proposal for "quickie" union elections would "eviscerate" labor relations rules.
Posted Aug 25, 2011

Opinion: Banning Food Stamps for Soda Does Not Impact Obesity
The USDA rejected New York City's proposal to ban the use of food stamps to purchase soda, but would the plan have been effective?
Posted Aug 24, 2011

Washington Report: Appeals Court Strikes Down Health Insurance Requirement
By a 2-1 vote, the three-judge appellate panel agreed with the lower court on the unconstitutionality of the health-care reform law's individual mandate provision.
Posted Aug 15, 2011

Swipe Fee Repeal Resolution Rejected
State convenience and fuel retail associations help defeat a proposal to repeal swipe fee reform.
Posted Aug 11, 2011

Washington Report: EEOC Considers Tightening Employer's Use of Background Information
NACS has joined a coalition of stakeholders in expressing industry concerns about changing an employer's ability to use criminal background information in making hiring decisions.
Posted Aug 8, 2011

Federal Gas Tax a Looming Battle on the Hill?
The federal gas tax expires September 30, and some fear that its renewal will become "the next political controversy to spark a brawl in an ever more deeply divided Capitol Hill."
Posted Aug 4, 2011

Washington Report: What's In the Debt Ceiling Bill?
Democrats and Republicans will have to concede some of their priorities to advance the legislation to President Obama's desk for signing by Tuesday evening.
Posted Aug 1, 2011

Washington Report: Take Action Now Against the Assault on America's Employers
Contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose the National Labor Relations Board's proposal to speed up the process for workers to organize.
Posted Jul 25, 2011

Labor Department Weighs in on Unionization
The DOL has joined the fight to keep unions healthy with rule changes of its own that would affect a law most employers are unfamiliar with, but that could alter how you communicate with your employees about unions.
Posted Jul 22, 2011

Financial Reform: One Year Later
Convenience store operators are still trying to calculate whether there will be any benefits at all from the Fed's final ruling on debit card swipe fees.
Posted Jul 22, 2011

House Committee Approves Job Protection Bill
The legislation prohibits the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to relocate, shut down or transfer a business.
Posted Jul 22, 2011

Business Groups Challenge NLRB Unionization Proposal
Business groups have turned out "in force" to challenge the NLRB's proposal to loosen rules for workers to organize.
Posted Jul 20, 2011

Ohioans Could Get a Health Exchange
Governor Kasich is in the process of creating a statewide marketplace for health insurance, an effort to thwart federal interference.
Posted Jul 20, 2011

Washington Report: Debt Ceiling: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Also, a Senate committee approved two pieces of legislation last week pertaining to clean energy technologies and alternative fuel vehicles.
Posted Jul 18, 2011

Devilish Details Hamper Insurance Mandate
Many businesses are lobbying to make the mandate more palpable.
Posted Jul 15, 2011

Fight To Save LIFO Heats Up
President Obama is proposing to eliminate the LIFO accounting method.
Posted Jul 14, 2011

Proposed Health Care Rules Give States Latitude on Creating Insurance Exchanges
The exchanges will let individuals and small businesses buy insurance coverage in one place.
Posted Jul 13, 2011

EPA Proposes to Waive Federal Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements
EPA is proposing June 30, 2013, as the date for when a sufficient portion of the U.S. vehicle fleet will be equipped with onboard refueling vapor recovery, making Stage II vapor recovery at the pump unnecessary.
Posted Jul 12, 2011

Washington Report: Senate Considers VEETC Repeal
NACS is working to ensure that any repeal of the credit does not negate existing supply contracts that assume the tax credit will remain in effect.
Posted Jul 11, 2011

Calorie Postings Don't Alter Eating Habits
With the national menu-labeling law set to take effect by year's end, some localities that already require calorie counts on menus see little change in customer ordering.
Posted Jul 8, 2011

High Fees Impact Acceptance of Credit Card Payments
More companies are shutting the door on credit cards as a payment option.
Posted Jul 8, 2011

NACS Comments on FDA's Proposed Menu-Labeling Regulations
NACS outlines why convenience stores should not be covered under the proposed rules.
Posted Jul 7, 2011

States Slow to Meet Looming Health-Care Deadline
The federal government would set up insurance exchanges for states that fail to do so by 2014.
Posted Jul 7, 2011

Washington Report: NACS Submits Comments to FDA on Menu Labeling
The comments state that convenience stores should not be covered by menu-labeling regulations.
Posted Jul 5, 2011

Take Action Against Rest Area Commercialization
NACS members are encouraged to send letters to their members of Congress and tell them that rest area commercialization would put convenience stores located on interstates near these rest stops out of business.
Posted Jul 5, 2011

Health Care Individual Mandate Approved by Federal Appeals Court
The judges upheld the law's provisions that Congress can make Americans buy health insurance.
Posted Jul 1, 2011

Small Businesses Seek Permanent Solution to Estate Tax
The current tax rate of 35 percent is due to expire at the end of 2012, which makes estate planning difficult for small companies.
Posted Jul 1, 2011

NACS Calls Fed's Final Rule 'An Irresponsible Abdication of Its Legal Duty'
"It is clear that we need to push for real reform to our payments system," stressed NACS Chairman Jeff Miller.
Posted Jun 30, 2011

FDA Hosts Webinar on Smokeless Tobacco Requirements
The FDA panel provided retailers with a general overview of advertising and packaging requirements for smokeless tobacco products.
Posted Jun 30, 2011

Debit Card Swipe Fee Rules Announced Today
Today the Federal Reserve will issue the final rules on debit card swipe fees � watch a webcast of the meeting live.
Posted Jun 29, 2011

EPA Finalizes E15 Pump Labeling Requirements
The new labels are intended to help prevent misfueling at the pump.
Posted Jun 29, 2011

EPA Issues Final E15/B20 UST Compatibility Guidelines
The agency outlines final compliance guidelines for UST owners and operators storing gasoline greater than E10.
Posted Jun 29, 2011

Washington Report: Federal Reserve to Release Debit Swipe Fee Rules
The credibility of the Fed is at stake as it prepares to release the final rules on debit card swipe fees.
Posted Jun 27, 2011

Rep. Kline Slams NLRB Unionization Plan
The chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee slams the NLRB's proposal to shorten the period workers have to consider a vote to join a union.
Posted Jun 23, 2011

Legislation Seeks Commercialization of Interstate Rest Areas
The livelihood of neighboring convenience stores is at stake � action is needed to urge your members of Congress not to support rest area commercialization.
Posted Jun 22, 2011

Debit Card Swipe Fee Rule Coming Next Week
The Federal Reserve will meet on June 29 to announce its final rule on debit card swipe fees.
Posted Jun 22, 2011

FDA Announces Graphic Cigarette Health Messages
The warnings consist of nine new textual warning statements accompanied by gruesome color graphics depicting the negative health consequences of smoking.
Posted Jun 21, 2011

Washington Report: Debt Ceiling Debate Still in Flux
Also, NACS comments on the administration's draft transportation legislation that would roll back the 50-year prohibition on rest area commercialization.
Posted Jun 20, 2011

Rest Area Commercialization Will Harm C-Store Industry
Businesses located off Interstate highways, such as convenience stores, cannot compete with commercialized rest areas.
Posted Jun 20, 2011

House Cuts Food Safety Funding
Millions were cut from the FDA's budget last week, which denies the agency the necessary funding to implement food safety laws approved by the previous Congress.
Posted Jun 20, 2011

NACS Comments on Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage
The letter from the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care asks for clarification on the definition of a full-time employee, among other issues.
Posted Jun 17, 2011

FDA To Unveil Final Warning Selections for Cigarettes
On Tuesday, the agency will reveal the graphic imagery for cigarette packaging and advertising.
Posted Jun 17, 2011

Menu Labeling Law Will Harm Small Companies
Republicans say the new regulations will unfairly burden small businesses.
Posted Jun 16, 2011

Senate Passes Ethanol Tax Break Bill
Sen. Tom Corburn's proposal to end ethanol tax subsidies did not have the 60 votes necessary to staunch a threatened filibuster.
Posted Jun 16, 2011

Justice Department Rules that Visa, MasterCard Must Compete on Price
The Justice Department finalizes the consent decree it entered with Visa and MasterCard in October 2010.
Posted Jun 15, 2011

Washington Report: Vote This Week Could Repeal Ethanol Tax
Legislation would also cut the 54 cents-per-gallon ethanol tariff.
Posted Jun 13, 2011

Debit Swipe Fees Vote Went Down to the Wire
Some senators were undecided up until last minute and retailer engagement was critical to the victory.
Posted Jun 10, 2011

Sen. Durbin Hails Convenience Retailers
Illinois senator cites how important convenience retailers are to communities across the country and why swipe fee reform is so important.
Posted Jun 10, 2011

FDA to Hold Retailer Tobacco Compliance Webinar
Upcoming June 28 webinar topic will discuss smokeless tobacco product packaging and advertising requirements.
Posted Jun 10, 2011

Debit Card Reform Clears Final Hurdle in Senate
NACS members are encouraged to thank their senators who voted in support of convenience retailers and merchants across the country and opposed the Tester-Corker amendment.
Posted Jun 9, 2011

New Report Finds Health Plans Will Be Cut in 2014
When most of the health-care overhaul bill becomes law in 2014, 30 percent of companies will probably slash health insurance for employees.
Posted Jun 9, 2011

Tell Congress Tester Amendment is Not a Compromise
The amendment, scheduled for a vote today in the Senate, unravels our efforts to implement much-needed debit card swipe fee reforms.
Posted Jun 8, 2011

Debate Begins on Debit Reform "Kill" Bill
Legislation to eradicate necessary debit card swipe fee reforms is slated for debate as early as today.
Posted Jun 7, 2011

Washington Report: You Asked for It, Now Fight for It
Debit/credit card fee reform was your top issue a decade ago - now fight to make it happen.
Posted Jun 6, 2011

Ethanol Subsidies Turn Into Presidential Topic
Could ethanol be the talk among presidential hopefuls? This week an Iowa lawmaker says he would support repeal of federal ethanol subsidy.
Posted Jun 3, 2011

Imminent Vote on Swipe Fee Delay Requires Retailer Action
Tell your senators to vote "No" on a bill to delay swipe fee reforms.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Washington Report: Vote on Swipe Fees Looming for Next Week
Reach out to your senators and urge them to vote "No" on Senator Tester's amendment to delay swipe fee reform � reforms that could save your business millions.
Posted May 31, 2011

NACS, SIGMA Tell EPA That E10 Mandate Is Unnecessary
NACS and SIGMA communicated the industry's opposition to a petition filed by small engine makers to require all motor fuels retailers to sell E10 or lower fuels.
Posted May 31, 2011

Senators Seek to Boost Propane Use as an Alternative Fuel Source
Legislation introduced last week seeks to extend tax credits for propane use in vehicles.
Posted May 31, 2011

White House to Ease Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements at Some Gasoline Stations
Yesterday, the Obama administration released details of its proposals to ease regulations on businesses.
Posted May 27, 2011

Swipe Fee Delay Vote Imminent
The vote to delay swipe fee reform is expected after Memorial Day recess; visit your senators at home over the holiday weekend and tell them to vote no.
Posted May 26, 2011

FDA Takes Action Against Illegal Marketing of Tobacco Products
NACS urges members to complete We Card training as FDA steps up enforcement on tobacco retailers.
Posted May 26, 2011

Washington Report: "Compromise" Swipe Fee Bill Would Do More Harm Than Already Proposed
Sen. Tester's proposal would now rewrite the rules to gut interchange reform.
Posted May 23, 2011

Retailers Launch New Campaign in Support of Debit-Card Swipe Reform
The industry wants to protect a federal law that lowers debit-card fees.
Posted May 20, 2011

Senate Blocks Bill to Repeal $2 Billion in Oil Tax Breaks
Bill was a Democratic response to higher gasoline prices, which Republicans characterized as a public relations strategy.
Posted May 19, 2011

Reid Backs Durbin in Swipe Fees Battle
The Senate leader says he will support Sen. Durbin's position on debit card swipe fees and not side with Sen. Tester.
Posted May 18, 2011

Compliance Webinar for Tobacco Retailers Slated for May 18
The webinar will address compliance topics such as impersonal modes of sale, the prohibition against breakage of cigarette and smokeless tobacco product packages, minimum cigarette package size and free samples.
Posted May 17, 2011

Washington Report: Vote Coming to Delay Swipe Fee Reform
One year after passage, efforts are still escalating to kill important debit card swipe fee reform.
Posted May 16, 2011

Sen. Reid Will Bring Swipe Fee Delay Amendment to Senate
The senator majority leader said he personally opposes Tester's amendment to delay the regulations for two years.
Posted May 13, 2011

Opinion: Understanding Why Banks Oppose Debit-Card Reform
Simon Johnson explains why the Independent Community Bankers of America supports the Tester amendment.
Posted May 13, 2011

Not So Fast
Judge stays ruling on collection of cigarette taxes from Indian reservation sales.
Posted May 12, 2011

New York Will Collect Taxes on Tribe Cigarette Sales
A federal appeals court ruled that the state could ask the tribes for taxes from purchases made by non-Indians.
Posted May 11, 2011

Retailers Advertise Cash Discounts to Save on Swipe Fees
The businesses say they reap more benefits by offering lower prices for customers who pay cash.
Posted May 11, 2011

Bill Seeks to Prevent FDA Cigar Regulation
H.R. 1639 seeks to protect premium cigars from being legislated by the FDA.
Posted May 10, 2011

Washington Report: Make Your Voice Heard on Swipe Fee Reform
Now is the time to take action and protect your business from high swipe fees.
Posted May 9, 2011

NACS Chairman To Congress: "We Need Your Assistance" to Sell Renewable Fuels
NACS Chairman Jeff Miller raises retailer concerns regarding E15 during today's testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy Power.
Posted May 5, 2011

NACS Addresses Gas Prices on Squawk Box
NACS Vice President of Government Relations John Eichberger looks at the underlying reasons behind the pain at the pump and communicates the retailers' voice.
Posted May 5, 2011

Taxi Drivers Protest Credit Card Fees
Hundreds of taxi drivers enter City Hall in San Francisco to protest a 5 percent charge they're being forced to pay on fares paid with credit cards.
Posted May 5, 2011

Senator Durbin Studies Canada's Credit Card System
The Illinois senator argues for a system that patterns Canada's, where debit card swipe fees are zero.
Posted May 3, 2011

Washington Report: Congress Reconvenes to Debate Raising the Debt Ceiling
Democrats and Republicans are seeking substantial budget cuts and other concessions.
Posted May 2, 2011

FDA Holds Retailer Tobacco Compliance Webinar
The agency outlines its inspection procedures and enforcement options that they may utilize against retailers.
Posted Apr 27, 2011

FDA To Treat E-Cigs as Tobacco Products
The agency said yesterday that it wouldn't attempt to regulate e-cigarettes as drug-delivering devices.
Posted Apr 26, 2011

Virginia Rep. Reintroduces Plastic Bag Tax
The Trash Reduction Act would impose a 5-cent per disposable bag tax at retail.
Posted Apr 25, 2011

Washington Report: Swipe Fee Battle Heads Home
With Congress in recess, NACS members are encouraged to keep the momentum going in their home districts, urging legislators to keep debit card swipe fee reforms intact.
Posted Apr 22, 2011

Sen. Blumenthal Advocates Ban on Menthol Cigarettes
The senator sent a letter to the FDA in support of the recent findings of its advisory committee.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

Washington Report: Fuels, Foodservice, and more!
Get the latest information from the NACS Government Relations team on regulations affecting your business.
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Durbin to Chase Bank: Get Your Facts Straight
The senator is not backing down from combating mistruths being spread by the banking industry about the real impact debit card swipe fee reform will have on consumers.
Posted Apr 15, 2011

The ABCs of FDA's Menu Labeling Proposal
Most convenience stores would be covered by the proposal and NACS is working with the FDA to ensure that the final rules do not impose any unnecessary burdens on the industry.
Posted Apr 14, 2011

Bets Are On: Internet Gambling Coming to D.C.
Internet gambling will soon become permissible in the District of Columbia.
Posted Apr 14, 2011

NACS to Senate: Retailers Need Legal Fuel Options
NACS outlines core challenges and offers options available to Congress to help retailers legally sell higher ethanol blends and protect them from consumer misfueling liability.
Posted Apr 13, 2011

State of Industry Affairs Update
NACS president and CEO presented a state of affairs outlook on Capitol Hill and how five top issues affect the industry.
Posted Apr 11, 2011

Washington Report
Get the latest information on swipe fee reform, motor fuels, healthcare, and more!
Posted Apr 8, 2011

NACS Testifies at Senate Hearing to Review Biofuels Programs
Eichberger tells Congress that there are many challenges the retail industry faces when considering whether to sell a new fuel and these challenges must be overcome if the goals of the RFS are to be realized.
Posted Apr 7, 2011

Rep. Frank Throws Support to Swipe Fee Delay
The representative wants to revisit that part of the financial reform law he sponsored.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

NACS Backs the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
The association signed a letter sent in support of Rep. Upton's legislation removing GHGs from the EPA's jurisdiction.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

Senate Repeals 1099 Form Provision- A Significant Win for Retailers and Suppliers
The bill now lands on the president's desk.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

USA Today Editorial Supports Retailer View in Swipe Fees
The editorial says that merchants have made a "better case" for interchange fee reform.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

Judge Hears Arguments on Debit-Card Fee Lawsuit
TCF Financial Corp. sued the Federal Reserve, claiming that the new rule would mean they would lose money on debit card services.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

FDA Releases Proposed Rule on Menu Labeling
The provisions could have substantial impact on convenience stores.
Posted Apr 4, 2011

Washington Report: Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Battle Still in the Spotlight
A new definition in the Americans with Disabilities Act will impact employers; menu labeling rules are still delayed.
Posted Apr 1, 2011

EPA Clarifies Legality of Selling E15
In a letter to NACS and other industry stakeholders, EPA says that selling E15 will only become legal when waivers' conditions are met.
Posted Mar 31, 2011

Retail Groups Applaud Fed Chair's Commitment to Move Swipe Fee Reform Forward
NACS, retail groups welcome Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments about the path forward on debit swipe fee reform.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Senate Amendment Seeks to Block EPA From Regulating GHGs
NACS supports an amendment offered in the Senate that would remove EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Grocers Take Swipe Fee Battle to Capitol Hill
The grocery industry is in Washington to tell members of Congress that interchange reform cannot be delayed.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Altria Responds to Menthol Cigarette Report
The company submitted a report on the use of menthol in cigarettes to the FDA.
Posted Mar 28, 2011

Washington Report: Tester to Push for Swipe Fee Delay Vote
Senator Tester has indicated he will pursue a vote on his legislation when the Senate is in session.
Posted Mar 25, 2011

Internet Lottery Bill Introduced in Congress
The bill, identical to last year's measure that NACS opposed, would allow for online lottery ticket sales.
Posted Mar 24, 2011

State DOTs Continue Push for Commercial Rest Areas
In violation of federal law, AASHTO pushes U.S. DOT to allow for rest area commercialization.
Posted Mar 24, 2011

Utah Retailers Decry Debit Fee Delay Bill
The merchants took co-sponsor Sen. Mike Lee to task for the measure that would delay proposed caps on bank fees for two years.
Posted Mar 23, 2011

FDA Hosts Tobacco Retailer Compliance Training Webinar Series
The agency has six, hour-long webinars scheduled for this year.
Posted Mar 23, 2011

Don't Allow Bankers to Destroy Swipe Fee Reform
Legislation is circulating on Capitol Hill to derail our industry's top policy initiative � take action to put a stop to these efforts to overturn swipe fee reform.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

Lorillard Responds to Menthol Recommendation
The non-binding findings by TPSAC claim that menthol's removal from the marketplace would benefit public health.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

Washington Report: Take Action To Protect Swipe Fee Reform
Legislation is circulating both the House and Senate to delay swipe fee reform -- tell your members of Congress not to delay this important industry initiative.
Posted Mar 18, 2011

House Committee Chairman Plans Drilling Bill, Holds Gas Price Hearings
Rep. Doc Hastings says there is no reason for the United States to continue relying on other countries to meet our energy needs, and says the committee will hold hearings on rising gasoline prices and job creation.
Posted Mar 18, 2011

NACS Helps FOX Business Explain Credit and Debit Card Fundamentals
NACS explains the complexities of debit and credit card use when making gasoline purchases.
Posted Mar 17, 2011

DOJ Explains New and Updated ADA Requirements for Small Businesses
Newly released primer seeks to help small business owners understand how the new regulations apply to their business.
Posted Mar 17, 2011

NACS Calls Senate Bill to Delay Durbin Amendment a "Slap in the Face"
Yesterday, Senator Jon Tester introduced legislation to delay the enactment for two years.
Posted Mar 16, 2011

Merchants Payments Coalition: Bankers Don't Believe What Their Lobbyists Are Saying
60% of American Banker readers agree that debit card fee reforms will help small banks and credit unions.
Posted Mar 15, 2011

CNN Money Addresses Swipe Fees
Banks are cranking up efforts to scare consumers: JPMorgan Chase is considering denying all debit card purchases above $50 if the Durbin Amendment takes effect.
Posted Mar 15, 2011

ADA Final Rule Becomes Effective Today
Revisions set forth in the Department of Justice's amended Final Rule have far-reaching implications for convenience store owners.
Posted Mar 15, 2011

Debate on Who Will Shoulder Weight of Debit Card Usage Costs Persists
With the Federal Reserve considering slashing debit-card transaction fees, retailers and banks continue to battle over what that will mean for consumers.
Posted Mar 14, 2011

Washington Report: NACS Retailers Storm the Hill
NACS retailers conducted meetings on Capitol Hill earlier in the week as well.
Posted Mar 11, 2011

NACS Members Come to Washington
Convenience retailers prepare to storm Capitol Hill this week to talk with members of Congress about key industry issues.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Two Senators Want to Postpone Debit Card Fee Provision
The pair also want to set up a study on interchange fees.
Posted Mar 9, 2011

Merchants File Legal Brief in Support of Durbin Amendment
MPC files an amicus brief arguing that TCF's lawsuit has no merit.
Posted Mar 8, 2011

Washington Report: Top Priority for NACS Day on the Hill �" Keeping Swipe Fee Reform Intact
Also, House Repeals Health Care Reform Tax Provision and NACS Makes the Case Against a Ban on Menthol
Posted Mar 4, 2011

House Repeals Unpopular 1099 Health-Care Law Provision
The measure passed by a vote of 314 to 112, although it probably won't find similar support in the Senate.
Posted Mar 4, 2011

U.S. Senator Plans Bill to Kill Swipe Fee Reform
Senator Rand Paul tells his credit union constituents that he is planning to introduce legislation that would repeal the Durbin swipe fee reform amendment.
Posted Mar 3, 2011

Debit Networks Lock In Small Bank, Credit Union Swipe Fee Exemption
Five major networks announce two-tiered systems for big and small bank swipe fees.
Posted Mar 2, 2011

NACS, MPC Urge Congress to Move Forward on Swipe Fee Reform
NACS will 'key vote' any letters signed, legislation co-sponsored, or legislation voted upon to delay, amend or repeal recently enacted debit card swipe fee laws.
Posted Mar 1, 2011

Washington Report: Swipe Fee Reform Overdue Says Reagan Economist
Also, two senators as the Fed for a meaningful exemption from swipe fee rules for small banks and the House is planning to consider 1099 repeal.
Posted Feb 25, 2011

NACS Submits Comments on Debit Card Interchange Fees
The association highlighted the growing cost of debit card transaction fees.
Posted Feb 23, 2011

Washington Report: Swipe Fee Reform Subject of Heated House Hearing
U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit holds swipe fee hearing.
Posted Feb 18, 2011

Swipe Fee Reform Hearing Today
NACS counsel and retailers will tell Congress to protect debit card swipe fee reforms today on Capitol Hill.
Posted Feb 17, 2011

Calling Out Visa's Hypocrisy
A rebuttal in American Banker says that Visa's claim that consumers will pay more and get less with the proposed debit regulations is "disingenuous."
Posted Feb 15, 2011

New Food Safety Law Protects Whistleblowers
The new food safety law includes a provision to protect workers who expose their company's unsafe handling of food.
Posted Feb 15, 2011

Washington Report: NACS To Testify at Swipe Fees Hearing
Also: EPA receives harsh criticism at first House hearing and President Obama's budget is expected next week.
Posted Feb 11, 2011

House Small Business Committee Urges 1099 Repeal
The Committee heard testimony from small business owners about the mandate's administrative burdens and its potential negative impact on job creation, growth and business investment.
Posted Feb 11, 2011

Coalition Urges Congress to Fund Commodity Futures Trading Commission
NACS joins a group of associations and organizations asking for the commission to receive enough money to do its job.
Posted Feb 9, 2011

Who's Paying for Your Credit Card Rewards?
"In effect, [the cards] are subsidized by those who pay those higher retail prices with cash, debit cards or standard-issue credit cards," writes the Washington Post.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

Washington Report: Three Steps YOU Must Take to Preserve Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform
Posted Feb 4, 2011

Swipe Fee Reform: It's Not Over
Follow three steps to preserve debit card swipe fee reform.
Posted Feb 2, 2011

Federal Judge Rules Health-Care Law Violates Constitution
"The act, like a defectively designed watch, needs to be redesigned and reconstructed by the watchmaker," Judge Vinson wrote.
Posted Feb 1, 2011

Washington Report: NACS Day on the Hill to Protect Swipe Fee Reforms
Also: the latest on health care reform and menu labeling
Posted Jan 28, 2011

House Panel to Review Debit Swipe Fee Law
House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) announces a Feb. 17 hearing to review the Durbin amendment.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

House Members Stir Up Trouble with Swipe Fees
As the Federal Reserve Bank moves close to issuing a final rule on debit card interchange fees the debate is bubbling back up on Capitol Hill.
Posted Jan 24, 2011

Washington Report: Health Care Law on the House Chopping Block
Also, NACS Day on the Hill 2011 Information
Posted Jan 21, 2011

States' Unemployment Debits Cards Carry Hidden Fees
Consumer groups, states and even issuing banks warn UI debit card users about the importance of checking the fine print.
Posted Jan 21, 2011

Interior Department Creates Two Agencies to Oversee Offshore Drilling
"We are moving ahead quickly and responsibly to establish the strong, independent oversight of offshore oil and gas drilling that is needed to ensure that companies are operating safely and in compliance with the law."
Posted Jan 21, 2011

House to Vote on Health-Care Repeal Today
Yesterday, the House opened the floor for debate on the bill.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

Washington Report: FDA Discusses Enforcement of Plans Regarding Sales of Tobacco to Minors
Also: Vote to repeal Obamacare set for next week and details on NACS Day on the Hill
Posted Jan 14, 2011

Washington Report: Congress is in Session
Also: NACS Day on the Hill 2011
Posted Jan 7, 2011

Congress Likely to Roll Back EPA Carbon Emissions Rules
The 112th Congress will most certainly curb the agency's recent regulations concerning the Clean Air Act.
Posted Jan 5, 2011

House to Vote Jan. 12 on Health-Care Law Repeal
Republicans vow to overturn the health-care bill President Obama signed into law last March.
Posted Jan 5, 2011

Retailer Responds to Fed's Ruling on Debit Card Fees
Alabama retailer Rahim Budhwani applauds Federal Reserve's ruling on debit card fees.
Posted Jan 4, 2011

Washington Report: What to Watch for on Election Night
Also, States Partner with FDA to Enforce Tobacco Regulations and Pro-Labor Agenda Likely to Advance
Posted Oct 29, 2010

Washington Report: Experts Answer ADA Questions During NACS Webinar
Also: White House Delays W-2 Reporting Provision in Health Care Law
Posted Oct 22, 2010

Senate GOP Commits to Overturning Health-Care Law
Senate Republicans are "committed to repealing the new health-care reform law."
Posted Oct 22, 2010

Washington Report: Misunderstood- Health Care Exemption for Mini Med Plans
Also, NACS submits round two of menu labeling comments.
Posted Oct 15, 2010

Candidates Make an Issue of the Estate Tax
With just a few weeks remaining until the November 2 midterm elections, full and permanent repeal of the estate tax is heating up the campaign trail.
Posted Oct 15, 2010

Retail Groups Warn of Value-Added Tax
A new study says a VAT on top of the existing U.S. tax structure would cost 850,000 jobs in just one year and hit U.S. taxpayers to the tune of about $400 billion annually.
Posted Oct 15, 2010

E15: Good or Bad for Retailers?
NACS cautions retailers to exercise extreme caution when considering whether to sell E15; outlines the costs and challenges to media.
Posted Oct 15, 2010

NACS Cautions Retailers Concerning EPA's Decision to Authorize E15
EPA has placed retailers in a very precarious position, warns NACS, by bifurcating the engine market, creating a scenario in which misfueling could be rampant and retailers will be forced to pay the bill.
Posted Oct 14, 2010

Minnesota Bank Challenges Durbin Swipe Fees Amendment
Senator Durbin counters back, saying the law does not address the fees TCF can charge and it does not set interchange rates.
Posted Oct 13, 2010

Judge Rules Health-Care Law Constitutional
The health-care legislation receives its first legal victory.
Posted Oct 11, 2010

Historic DOJ Action Against Visa and MasterCard's Card Practices is a Major Win for Consumers and Merchants
DOJ Action to Finally Force Credit Card Companies to Compete on Price
Posted Oct 5, 2010

Washington Report: NACS Advises Against Menthol Cigarette Ban
Also, Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoes bill to keep California retailers from charging debit card fees.
Posted Oct 1, 2010

House Passes Organized Retail Crime Bill
The bill would create a special unit at the DOJ charged with investigating and prosecuting organized retail crime.
Posted Sep 30, 2010

Washington Report: Health Care Reform Reaches Six Month Mark
Also, methamphetamine bill passes the House, Congressman Welch speaks on interchange, and small business lending bill to become law.
Posted Sep 24, 2010

Food-Safety Bill Pushed by Companies, Consumer Advocates
A coalition of unlikely partners wants the Senate to quickly pass a food-safety bill.
Posted Sep 22, 2010

Don't Get Caught Unprepared for Organized Labor
Join NACS for a free webinar on Thursday to find out how to help your stores stay union-free.
Posted Sep 21, 2010

Washington Report: New Americans with Disabilities Regulations Published
Also, extension of the biodiesel tax credit fails in the Senate and a few quick announcements.
Posted Sep 17, 2010

Washington Report: NACS Comments on Menu Labeling Regulations
Also in this issue: news for small businesses hoping to get a tax credit for offering health insurance and NACS supports the repeal of the 1099 tax in PPACA.
Posted Sep 10, 2010

No Climate Bill This Year
Reid says that the next Congress should approach climate change legislation in a "piecemeal" fashion.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Single Cigarettes Disappear From Shelves
The FDA banned the sale of SingleStick cigarettes starting June 22, but stores had until September 1 to clear their stock.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Washington Report: FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Tobacco Sale Violations and Penalties
Tobacco Retailing and Potential Penalties
Posted Sep 3, 2010

NACS Comments on FinCEN's Proposed Gift Card Regulations
NACS maintains the proposed regulations on prepaid access gift cards would create an undue burden for retailers.
Posted Aug 31, 2010

Washington Report: Labor Update- Wage Hour Questions Answered
Also: Fed seeks comments on draft survey to debit card issuers and upcoming guidance on menu labeling regulations.
Posted Aug 27, 2010

Washington Report: Join Us in Washington!
Make your voices heard on September 15 by coming to Washington, D.C., for the NACS Day on the Hill. Also, New ADA requirements that will drastically affect retailers and FDA is hosting tobacco training at the NACS Show.
Posted Aug 20, 2010

Cash or Plastic? Retailers Debate Options
Financial reform can't come soon enough for some businesses.
Posted Aug 20, 2010

Senator Feinstein Vows Senate Vote on BPA Measure
The FDA announced earlier this year that it would review BPA's health effects, though the agency is not expected to conclude its study until next year. In the meantime, Senator Feinstein is promising action.
Posted Aug 17, 2010

Washington Report: FDA to Host Workshop at NACS Show on Compliance with New Tobacco Regulations
Also, Senate agrees to Food Safety Bill, EPA Issues More Rules on Permitting for Greenhouse Gases, and Details on Opting In to Menu Labeling Law
Posted Aug 13, 2010

Industry Lawsuits Seek to Supersede EPA's Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule
Industry lawsuits seek to supersede EPA's greenhouse gas tailoring rule.
Posted Aug 12, 2010

Washington Report: House Comes Back to DC for Unexpected Vote
Also, ADA Standards for Accessible Design being drafted and Senate punts on energy bill.
Posted Aug 6, 2010

Medical Marijuana a Growing Workplace Concern
Conflict of laws (state vs. federal) creates headaches for corporate HR departments, while a Michigan lawsuit involving Walmart may provide guidance.
Posted Aug 5, 2010

Free Webinar: Wage Hour Violations
Plan to join NACS for a free webinar on August 12 that will highlight many of the traps convenience stores are falling into when trying to comply with wage hour laws.
Posted Aug 5, 2010

Small Businesses Refute Banking Industry Scare Tactics
In testimony on Capitol Hill, retailers lay out how swipe fees hurt small businesses and how the banks are trying to scare Congress into inaction.
Posted Jul 30, 2010

Washington Report: Bipartisan Group of Legislators Question EPA
Also House Committee Passes Internet Gambling legislation and Small Business Lending Pool Expanded
Posted Jul 30, 2010

TPCA's Chris Newton Touts Durbin Amendment As "Important First Step"
Newton conveys to a House Subcommittee today that the Durbin Amendment will bring and end to the days of hidden fees and related card industry tricks that profit off of consumers and small businesses.
Posted Jul 29, 2010

NACS Urges Opposition to Internet Lottery Sales
NACS explains how allowing Internet lottery sales would "significantly hurt" retailers by reducing in-store foot traffic.
Posted Jul 29, 2010

NACS Opposes Potential Senate Amendment to Authorize Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
The letter explains that legislative action would contradict existing government projects currently underway studying the effects of higher ethanol blends.
Posted Jul 27, 2010

Washington Report: Senate Action a Must for Estate Tax Reform
NACS is supporting a proposal that would reduce the minimum tax rate and increase the exemption level. Also Legislation that will protect you from renewable fuels liability, ADA's 20th anniversary, climate change, and small business loans.
Posted Jul 23, 2010

NACS Opposes Credit Checking Legislation
Bill pending the U.S. House of Representatives would prohibit employers from using credit checks as part of background checks.
Posted Jul 23, 2010

GOP Senators Fail To Eliminate Ethanol Credit
"Maybe we will stop doing this damned foolishness called ethanol subsidies," said a frustrated Senator John McCain, in support of eliminating the ethanol blenders' tax credit.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

Congress Introduces Renewable Fuels Liability Legislation
NACS and other marketer associations support H.R. 5778, which would enable many retailers to sell greater volumes of renewable fuels without incurring the unsustainable costs of replacing their storage and dispensing systems.
Posted Jul 21, 2010

Senate Action Necessary on Estate Tax
NACS is urging the Senate to take up estate tax reform before the year ends.
Posted Jul 20, 2010

NACS Urges Senate to Support Small Business Access to Credit
NACS urges senatorial support for small business loan maximums, extension of SBA loan provisions.
Posted Jul 20, 2010

Government Scrutinizes Employers of Immigrant Workers
The government is probing companies that demand too many documents from non-U.S. citizen applicants.
Posted Jul 19, 2010

Senate Sends Swipe Fee Reform to President Obama
The Senate cast the final vote yesterday on the financial services reform bill, sending debit card swipe fee reform to President Obama for his signature.
Posted Jul 16, 2010

Washington Report: NACS Supports Lincoln-Kyl Estate Tax Reform
Also, Ethanol Tax Credit Likely to Be Trimmed and Report from the Weights and Measures Meeting
Posted Jul 16, 2010

FDA Panel Hears Comments on Menthol
Tobacco reps told an FDA panel that menthol cigarettes are no more harmful than regular cigarettes.
Posted Jul 16, 2010

FDA Posts Draft Guidance on Tobacco Compliance; Offers Retailer Compliance Session
The first of several retailer compliance programs will take place on Monday, July 19.
Posted Jul 15, 2010

Senate Clears Measure to Delay New Gift Card Disclosure Requirements
The legislation extends the date for disclosure requirements from August 22, 2010 to January 31, 2011, for gift cards issued prior to April 1, 2010.
Posted Jul 15, 2010

Obama Praises Senators for Financial Services Reform Support
The final bill � which includes debit card swipe fee reform � will head to Obama for his signature, pending Senate approval.
Posted Jul 14, 2010

Washington Report: Congress Back in D.C.�"Financial Services Reform First on the To-Do List
Also: NACS Fights for Ban on Internet Tobacco Sales; Possibility of Tax Extenders Dwindles
Posted Jul 9, 2010

FDA Panel to Consider Limits or Ban on Menthol
July 15 and 16 hearing will assess menthol's health risks and its addictive qualities.
Posted Jul 9, 2010

Washington Report: Senators to Vote on Financial Reform after Recess
Also, tobacco training from the FDA, commodities oversight, and the food police.
Posted Jul 2, 2010

House Passes Negotiated Financial Reform Package
Senate postpones schedule to honor Senator Byrd and won't take action until the week of July 12.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Swipe Fee Reforms: Current Weekly Outlook
The House and Senate are just a few more steps away from sending a final bill to President Obama for his signature.
Posted Jun 29, 2010

Final Push for Swipe Fee Reform is On
Retailers must not let off the gas pedal � write Congress today!
Posted Jun 28, 2010

Is There Life Left in Card-Check Bill?
Sen. Tom Harkin disputes reports that the Employee Free Choice Act is dead.
Posted Jun 28, 2010

Congress One Step Closer to Swipe Fee Reform
Swipe fee reform is one step closer to becoming law.
Posted Jun 25, 2010

Washington Report: Swipe Fee Reform One Step Closer to Becoming Law
Also DOL issues new regulations for employee leave, another estate tax bill is introduced, and calling card legislation passes the House.
Posted Jun 25, 2010

Swipe Fees Debate Continues Into Thursday
Conference committee adjourns Wednesday night without finalizing legislation.
Posted Jun 24, 2010

Sen. Durbin, House Conferees Reach Agreement on Interchange Fees
Sen. Durbin, House Conferees Reach Agreement on Interchange Fees
Posted Jun 22, 2010

FDA Awards State Contracts to Enforce Tobacco Control Act
The FDA awards compliance and enforcement contracts to Maine and Massachusetts, the first in a series of contracts that it will award to states.
Posted Jun 22, 2010

Washington Report: Webinar on Tobacco Answers More Questions Before June 22nd Deadline
Also, retailers participate in a swipe fee rally on Capitol Hill with Rep. Peter Welch (I-VT).
Posted Jun 18, 2010

Pennsylvania Retailers Call On Congress to Reform Swipe Fees
Local retailers ask their representative to uphold the Durbin Amendment � unchanged � during conference negotiations.
Posted Jun 18, 2010

Letter Opposing Swipe Fee Reform Circulating Capitol Hill
As the debate continues, NACS members can expect to see more attacks from the opposition.
Posted Jun 17, 2010

Interchange Travels Up Main Street to Federal Government
Not even the government is exempt from negotiating fair and reasonable interchange rates; NACS retail member sheds the light on how swipe fees impact small businesses.
Posted Jun 16, 2010

Snowe, Enzi Blast S-Corp Provision in Tax Extenders Bill
The two senators filed an amendment to strike the job-killing tax hike.
Posted Jun 15, 2010

Visa Continues to Spread Swipe Fee Misinformation
A poll sponsored by Visa claims that Americans reject Sen. Durbin's swipe fee reform amendment.
Posted Jun 15, 2010

Is Your Representative An Enemy of Swipe Fee Reform?
See who is leading the charge against reform and call your legislators today!
Posted Jun 14, 2010

FDA Posts Web Page Clarifying Upcoming Tobacco Retailing Regulations
In advance of Tobacco Act regulations that take effect later this month, the FDA posts guidelines and details for tobacco retailers.
Posted Jun 14, 2010

Washington Report: Swipe Fee Reform Coming Down to the Wire
Also, Murkowski Resolution to Block EPA Fails and NACS Supports Efforts to Keep Rest Stops Public
Posted Jun 11, 2010

FDA Needs Vision, And a Few More Teeth: Report
Agency that oversees a $450 billion food system inspects barely a fraction of the nation's food.
Posted Jun 10, 2010

NACS Announces New FDA Tobacco Compliance Webinar
Join NACS regulatory experts on June 15 at 2 p.m. (ET) to learn more about the new retailer requirements.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance on Tobacco Sales to Minors
Draft guidance intended to assist tobacco resellers in understanding the final Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents.
Posted Jun 7, 2010

Washington Report: Recess Is Not for Playing Around
Your Members of Congress Are Back Home: Tell Them Today To Fight Unfair Credit Card Fees
Posted Jun 4, 2010

SSA Delivers Nearly 1.7 Million Signatures Urging Swipe Fee Reform
Total number of consumer signatures urging reform is now 5.4 million � the largest collection of signatures ever collected for a public policy issue.
Posted Jun 4, 2010

FDA Tobacco Deadline 18 Days Away
Are you prepared? Check out the NACS Magazine "dos and don'ts" feature.
Posted Jun 4, 2010

Tobacco Loophole in SCHIP Costs $250 Million
Public health officials maintain that tobacco companies are relabeling loose rolling tobacco as pipe tobacco, thus saving nearly $22 per pound.
Posted Jun 3, 2010

Debit Card Swipe Fees: A Costly Transaction
A Savannah retailer expresses his support of transaction fee reform.
Posted Jun 1, 2010

Washington Report: Tell Congress to Keep Swipe Fee Reform in the Financial Services Bill
Also: FDA's new food safety incident Web site and PACT Act postal regulations.
Posted May 28, 2010

CARD Coalition Gets "Warm" Welcome
Washington Post blog advises readers to learn the facts about Senator Durbin's swipe fees amendment before falling for a new coalition's propaganda.
Posted May 28, 2010

D.C. Council Approves Soda Tax
Before it becomes final, the measure must go through a final city council vote, mayor approval and approval by the U.S. Congress.
Posted May 28, 2010

Durbin Urges Senate Conferees To Support Swipe Fees Amendment
"The Wall Street reform bill is good for small businesses and good for consumers," says Senator Durbin.
Posted May 27, 2010

FDA Tobacco Regulator Promises Firm Approach, Open Mind
Lawrence Deyton addresses tobacco execs; says the agency is assessing how cigars and OTP might fall under regulatory control.
Posted May 27, 2010

Lawmakers Urge Rep. Pelosi to Support Swipe-Fee Reform
Representatives are asking the House speaker to ensure the bill is passed to help small businesses.
Posted May 26, 2010

Deal Reached for EPA Rules Vote
After the Memorial Day recess, the Senate will vote on reversing the agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted May 26, 2010

Vermont Limits Swipe Fees Paid To Credit Card Issuers
Vermont becomes the first state to pass legislation governing swipe fees on card purchases.
Posted May 25, 2010

Regulators Try Settling Health Care Plans
Some speculate that the grandfathering provision could create a giant loophole for insurance companies.
Posted May 25, 2010

N.J. Lawmakers Consider Bills Expanding Alcohol Sale Rules
State lawmakers are considering a slew of alcohol-related bills that would expand the number of supermarkets that can sell liquor, allow towns to sell unused licenses to other municipalities, and let BYOB restaurants buy a license to sell beer and wine.
Posted May 25, 2010

Washington Report: FDA to Host Web Dialogue with Retailers on Tobacco Regulations
Also: Financial services overhaul advances towards a final vote in the Senate and small businesses find out health care tax credit isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Posted May 21, 2010

Senate Disagreements Stymie Any Deal on Estate Tax
Democrats sharply divided on estate tax rate and exemption threshold.
Posted May 20, 2010

Estate Tax Negotiations Move Toward Closure
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl says an agreement has been reached with other senators.
Posted May 19, 2010

Blame Game Continues on Oil Spill
While the president expresses his anger over oil spill, group threatens boycott of BP stores.
Posted May 17, 2010

Senate Stands Up for Retailers and Consumers, Advances Swipe Fee Reform
Reforming credit and debit card swipe fees took a huge step forward as the Senate voted to include Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin's amendment to address swipe fee reform.
Posted May 14, 2010

Washington Report: Senate Votes to Curb Outrageous Swipe Fees
See how your senators voted. Also, climate change legislation is finally unveiled and EPA lays the groundwork for regulating green house gases.
Posted May 14, 2010

White House Mulls Taxes, Regulations To Fight Childhood Obesity
Report advocates taxing sugary drinks and fatty foods, a measure that would discourage consumption while generating revenue to fund obesity-fighting programs.
Posted May 13, 2010

New Swipe Fee Amendment Filed
NACS urges members to call their senators again in support of this new amendment.
Posted May 12, 2010

Paid Media Ads Push for Commonsense Swipe Fee Reform
Businesses and retailers across the nation unite to fight for fair credit and debit card fees.
Posted May 12, 2010

More Oversight of Food Facilities Urged
Bills going through Congress would require all food facilities to have safety controls in place that prevent contamination.
Posted May 11, 2010

Washington Report: Don't Let Up on Swipe Fee Grassroots
Also, Vermont readies interchange bill for Governor's signature, climate change moving ahead without key Republican, and possible estate tax debate.
Posted May 7, 2010

FDA Issues Enforcement Guidance on Advertising, Trade Names
FDA holds off on enforcement of black-and-white-only advertising and the marketing of tobacco products using brand names of non-tobacco products.
Posted May 6, 2010

U.S. Rep. Welch Introduces Legislation To Limit Debit Card Fees
The bill complements an amendment authored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).
Posted May 5, 2010

NACS Urges Member Support for Swipe Fee Amendments
'We must keep the pressure on Congress to take action,' says NACS President and CEO Hank Armour, urging members to support financial overhaul amendments offered by Sen. Richard Durbin.
Posted May 4, 2010

Washington Report: Financial Services Reform Moves Forward
Meanwhile, climate change legislation stalls due to immigration spat, and NACS submits official comments on proposed commodities regulations.
Posted Apr 30, 2010

NACS Member Calls on Congress for Swipe Fee Relief
Dave Carpenter tells members of the House Judiciary Committee that interchange "swipe" fees are the only cost of doing business that are non-negotiable.
Posted Apr 29, 2010

NACS Tells Congress That Swipe Fees Hurt Small Businesses and Small Banks
NACS Vice Chairman Dave Carpenter tells Congress that interchange "swipe" fees suffocate his retail operations and yield no profit for his community bank.
Posted Apr 28, 2010

NACS Delivers 2 Million Customer Signatures Urging Swipe Fee Reform
During a press conference on Capitol Hill, NACS leaders urge Congress to bring fairness to a broken system.
Posted Apr 28, 2010

Consumers Urge Congress To 'Stop Unfair Credit Card Swipe Fees'
NACS is delivering 2 million customer signatures to the U.S. Senate today, urging action on unfair credit and debit card swipe fees.
Posted Apr 27, 2010

Georgia Committee Hears Interchange Bill
Last week, the full committee heard from retailers about how large swipe fees have grown over the years.
Posted Apr 26, 2010

Washington Report: Oil and Gas Industry Causes Concern for Climate Change Debate
Also, Senate Agriculture Committee passes derivatives bill; Chairman Conyers brings interchange legislation back to the attention of the House Judiciary Committee; California begins probe into swipe fees.
Posted Apr 23, 2010

Senators Seek to Extend Ethanol Tax Credits and Ethanol Import Tariff
Measure would extend tax credits and tariff through 2015.
Posted Apr 22, 2010

Senate Trio Cools Talk of Gas Tax Hike
Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman struggle with how their climate and energy bill will affect oil companies under a carbon control plan, though all reject the prospect of a gas tax hike.
Posted Apr 22, 2010

Florida Town Officials Consider Comprehensive Tobacco Ban
Under the proposal, city employees would have one year to quit using tobacco � both at work and at home � while new employees would have to sign an agreement that they don't use tobacco products.
Posted Apr 22, 2010

Congress Pressures Baseball Players to Stop Chewing Tobacco
Last week, Reps. Henry Waxman and Frank Pallone held a meeting with the Major League Baseball to urge the ban of smokeless tobacco during games.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Washington Report: Senate To Take Up Food Safety Bill Next Week
Also, unveiling of Senate climate change bill and House committee focuses on consumer nutrition.
Posted Apr 16, 2010

Support Diminishes for Climate Change Bill
Republicans who said they would support the bill are changing their minds because of the cap-and-trade provision.
Posted Apr 16, 2010

U.S. Senator To Offer Tougher Measure on Derivatives Markets
The bill would require nearly all users of derivatives contracts to trade on centralized exchanges � which NACS supports.
Posted Apr 15, 2010

Sen. Crapo Vows to 'Look Into' Interchange Fees
The Idaho senator met with convenience store owners, who delivered a petition signed by more than 24,000 Idaho residents concerned about credit card fees.
Posted Apr 14, 2010

New Interactive Widget Shows Consumers Who's Swiping Their Money
Retailers and others in the industry can add the widget to their own Web sites.
Posted Apr 13, 2010

FDA Seeks New Food Package Labeling
The agency would require food makers to put nutritional data front and center.
Posted Apr 12, 2010

Washington Report: NACS Details Guidelines for New Menu Labeling Law
Also swipe fee petitions delivered in Idaho and the FDA to hold stakeholder listening sessions on tobacco regulations
Posted Apr 9, 2010

Opinion: EPA Grabbing Too Much Power
An executive with the Competitive Enterprise Institute laments what he deems the agency's recent overstepping of its boundaries.
Posted Apr 9, 2010

Make It a Double
Colorado grocers interested in selling liquor will need to buy out two liquor stores, not one, as was previously proposed.
Posted Apr 9, 2010

FLSA Now Requires Breaks for Nursing Mothers
For the first time, employers must provide a suitable location for a worker to express breast milk during working hours.
Posted Apr 7, 2010

Gilbarco's New Dispenser Warranty Does Not Change Federal Law
Retailers selling more than 10 percent ethanol through dispensers not certified by UL remain subject to fines and litigation
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Washington Report: Vermont Closer to Examining and Regulating Swipe Fees
Congress is in recess and back home in their districts, but the administration is taking action on fuel efficiency and changes to labor laws are coming - be prepared.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

NACS Applauds Signing of PACT Act, Addressing Contraband Tobacco
President Obama signs into a law legislation that addresses a 10-year effort to eliminate tax evasion through remote sellers of tobacco products.
Posted Apr 1, 2010

Tobacco Committee Meets To Talk About Menthol
Continuing today, the advisory panel is holding its first meeting after being formed by the Food and Drug Administration.
Posted Mar 31, 2010

Obama Uses Recess Appointments to Fill NLRB Seats
President bypasses the Senate to fill two seats on the pro-union NLRB with controversial individuals who support a labor-union agenda, including card check legislation.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

FDA Tobacco Regulations: What You Need To Know
NACS offered a webinar to help retailers stay abreast of the current tobacco regulatory landscape and FDA compliance.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

House Bill Extends U.S. Ethanol Tax Breaks To 2016
Without Congressional action, three of four current incentives will expire by the end of this year.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

Washington Report: Menu Labeling Standard A Reality
Also, breaking down health care, Vermont moves forward on credit card swipe fees legislation and more.
Posted Mar 26, 2010

Health-Care Reform Reality Sets In
NACS provides a summary of the key provisions and the changes that will occur now that the bill has been signed into law.
Posted Mar 26, 2010

Congressional Panel Excludes Retailers From Calling Card Regulations
NACS secures protections for innocent retailers and distributors in a legislative crack down on fraudulent calling cards.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

Dallas Retailers Find Common Ground Over Beer, Wine Sales
Grocery stores, restaurants in favor of eliminating Dallas' dry spots.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

Health Care Wraps Up
The House voted late Sunday to send a package of health-care reform to President Obama.
Posted Mar 22, 2010

Bankers Lobby Against Financial Regulatory Overhaul
Bankers head to Washington to help shape banking reform legislation.
Posted Mar 22, 2010

Washington Report: FDA Releases Final Rule on Access and Marketing of Cigarettes
Industry must comply by June 22 - advertising rule to come soon. Also health reform headed for a final vote on Sunday, president signs Jobs bill and labor agenda is quietly moving ahead.
Posted Mar 19, 2010

Congress Passes NACS Priority Issue: Regulate Internet Tobacco
Congress passed legislation advocated by NACS to ensure Internet tobacco retailers are held to same standards as convenience retailers.
Posted Mar 18, 2010

First Lady Calls on Manufacturers to Produce More Healthful Foods
Michelle Obama wants food makers to market healthier options to children.
Posted Mar 18, 2010

Senators Court Industry Group to Garner Climate Bill Support
The lead writers are working on ways to get industry buy-in for their climate legislation.
Posted Mar 18, 2010

Retail Groups Urge Credit Card Reform in Senate Banking Bill
Legislation unveiled by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd omits credit card interchange fee reform.
Posted Mar 17, 2010

Massachusetts Convenience Stores Protest Swipe Fees
Retailers in the state have called on their customers to help fight high interchange fees.
Posted Mar 17, 2010

NACS Offers Webinar on FDA Tobacco Compliance
Webinar to help retailers stay abreast of the current tobacco regulatory landscape and FDA compliance.
Posted Mar 16, 2010

NACS Urges Obama to Reconsider Part-Time Employee Benefits
NACS opposes a health-care benefits provision offered by Obama for part-time, temporary and seasonal workers.
Posted Mar 16, 2010

Washington Report: Senate Votes to Regulate Internet Tobacco Sales
Also Pre-paid calling card legislation; ULSD survey; bipartisan financial reform falls apart and Democrats to go ahead without Republican deal; EPA gets pressure from governors.
Posted Mar 12, 2010

Washington Report: EPA Might Have to Slow Down Ambitious Attempts to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
Also, Obama sets the stage for a final health care reform bill and House shake up amid ethics questions.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

FDA Cracks Down On Misleading Food Labeling
Baby food manufacturers in particular are cited for violations that include unauthorized health claims; stricter set of labeling standards expected.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Employment Measure Reaches House Floor
The House is expected to consider an employment bill today that encourages businesses to hire new workers.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Climate Trio Hopes To Make Headway With Different Tack
Proposal for cap-and-trade alternative coming soon, with moderates on both sides remaining cautiously optimistic.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Conflict of Laws: Kansas Smoking Ban To Override Wichita Ordinance
Local business owners in Wichita say that the city should have waited for the state to make a decision before dealing with the issue.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

California Passes Short-Term Beverage-Recycling Fix
California Grocers Association continues working on a long-term legislative fix to restore 'landmark' program.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Sen. Thune Introduces Amendment to Help Small Businesses Create Jobs
His proposal would be funded by unspent stimulus dollars.
Posted Mar 3, 2010

Senate Bill Would Extend Expired Tax Cuts
The cuts will be funded by nixing a biofuels tax credit for paper mills, among other things.
Posted Mar 3, 2010

FDA Names Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Members
The panel's first order of business will be to look at menthol flavoring in cigarettes.
Posted Mar 3, 2010

Senators To Propose Abandoning Cap-And-Trade
Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman to propose 'radical' overhaul of climate legislation while applying different carbon controls to individual industries.
Posted Mar 2, 2010

Indiana House Agrees To Loosen Some Alcohol Laws
Bill would expand the hours that establishments can sell alcohol while loosening Sunday carryout sales provisions.
Posted Mar 2, 2010

States Move to Revoke Charities' Tax Exemptions
Huge budget shortfalls have states and localities considering eliminating various tax breaks for nonprofits.
Posted Mar 2, 2010

Commission Restricts Strong Alcohol In Iowa
Restrictions placed on 100-proof and above alcohol; could a registration system be far behind?
Posted Mar 2, 2010