MN Hospitality Advocate

Legislative Fly-in to DC Yields Great Results

Posted in Lodging Issues, Restaurant Issues by hospitalityminnesota on April 18, 2010

The Minnesota delegation just returned from Washington, DC where we had great success in meeting with our Congressman and Senators. We had a chance to visit personally with both Senators, as well as meeting with four of our eight Congressman. We met with leading aides for the remainder of the representatives.

Key issues we discussed included food safety (H.R. 2749 and S. 510); Restaurant Depreciation (H.R. 4306); Business Meal Deductiion (H.R. 3333 and S. 2905); Interchange Fees (H.R. 2382, H.R. 2695 and S. 1212) and Paid Sick Leave.

The general consensus among the delegation was that Paid Sick Leave will not move this year. Democrats and Republicans alike are loathe to consider any legislation that might have a negative impact on jobs, and mandating paid sick leave is recognized as one issue that would likely result in job loss. Several key speakers also suggested that the “Card Check” legislation, otherwise known as Employee Free Choice Act, will not see movement in the near future. But they cautioned that the industry needs to remain vigilant.

Food safety will likely be taken up by the Senate in the next few weeks and can have a major impact on our industry. The National Restaurant Association is deeply engaged in the discussion and we support efforts to improve the safety of products that are purchased by restaurants.

David Siegel, CAE, IOM
Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations and Hospitality Minnesota

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