Delaware Moves to Require Menu Labeling

Paul Frumkin at Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Delaware became the latest state to weigh in on the menu-labeling issue when the Senate passed a measure requiring that restaurants post nutrition data on menus. The bill now moves to the House. Passed by a 15-5 vote, the measure, SB 81, would require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations nationwide to list the number of calories on menus and menu boards. The information must be provided adjacent to each item in a size and typeface similar to the price and other information.

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IFA Pushes for New Health Care Bill

Paul Frumkin wrties in Nation’s Restaurant News that in the wake of Scott Brown’s upset victory in the Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday, the International Franchise Association is urging federal lawmakers to forge new bipartisan legislation that will make health care insurance more affordable for small businesses.

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Top Franchise Legal Decisions to Watch

Ron Ruggless of Nation’s Restaurant News writes that decisions in franchise-related law in 2009 produced new frameworks under which franchisors and franchisees will be doing business in the year ahead, and beyond.

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Humane Society Buys Stock to Pressure Restaurants

The Humane Society of the United States, or HSUS, has purchased shares in Steak ’n Shake Co. and Jack in the Box Inc. in an attempt to influence their purchasing decisions with regard to chicken, eggs and pork, the political lobbying group said.

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N.J. Senate Approves Menu Labeling

On Dec 11th, the New Jersey state Senate passed a bill that would require restaurants with 20 or more locations nationwide to post calorie information for food and beverages on menu boards.

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Congress Boosts SBA Loans

Portfolio.com reports that after weeks of talk about the credit crunch facing small businesses, Washington finally is doing something about it.

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Mass Roundup: Budget off $3 Billion

Nancy Reardon of the Patriot Ledger reports that the outlook for next year’s state budget is a bit rosier than state leaders expected, but the chances of a full recovery anytime soon are dim.

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Immigration Reform Bill Introduced

Paul Frumkin of Nation’s Restaurant News reports that the battle over immigration reform got off to an earlier start than anticipated when a group of lawmakers introduced a comprehensive bill into the U.S. House of Representatives this week.

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DDIFO Members: Attend the Second Annual CFA Day Forum in Washington DC

As the year comes to a close and the New Year is almost upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the challenges we face as small business owners. Legislatively, 2009 has been a difficult year for business owners. There is more to come, legislators in Washington DC are preparing to enact new laws that will have a dramatic impact on your bottom line. As the Legislative Affairs Coordinator for DDIFO, I can assure you that DDIFO is not sitting idly by as legislators continue to pry into your business. As a founding member of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) we have been working together with other franchisee associations to make sure that all of our voices are heard on Capital Hill.

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