March 7, 2022
Week 8 began on February 28th and Friday was a significant deadline for bills to be out of the House to be considered for the remainder of the session! This week Tammie Hetrick, WFIA President & CEO updates us on the Ergonomics bill (HB 1837) which is now dead! Thank you to all of our members and the business community for their grassroots efforts in opposing this bill. Another bill that we were working on was the Workers' Compensation Appeals bill (SB 5801) and this is now a dead bill! A bill that has passed that we do have concerns with is the Employer Job Posting Requirements bill (SB) 5761). Click the link below to hear additional updates and what will be coming up during the last week of the session.
February 18, 2022
Week 6 began on February 14th! This week we are going to focus on key legislation that is dead or alive! This week Tammie Hetrick, WFIA President & CEO updates our members on the Long Term Care bill (HB 1732) and the 18-month delay, the Appliance Efficiency Standard bill (HB 1619), the Product Takeback bill (SB 5697), and many more.
February 18, 2022
This week WFIA President & CEO Tammi Hetrick spoke with John Ross, the CEO of IGA on the impact of the nationwide supply chain issues. John talks about his experience with the ripple effect of COVID since the beginning and how that pandemic has affected labor shortage and supply chain troubles.
February 11, 2022
Week 5 began on February 7th! This week we were coming up on some key deadlines! Bills needed to leave their respective committees and be voted out of their house of origin by February 15th. This week Tammie Hetrick, WFIA President & CEO updates our members on supply chain issues and the messaging that has been shared with legislators. The messaging covers the vulnerability of the supply chain and why it is critical to consider how the legislation will impact it.
This week we have asked our members to do some grassroots work, contact their local legislator, and OPPOSE SB 5891. This bill has some warehouse safety restrictions and is overly broad.
February 4, 2022
Week 3 began on January 31st! Today is policy cutoff and Monday is fiscal cutoff. Bills moved to the floor this week to be voted out of their house of origin with the deadline approaching. This week Tammie Hetrick, WFIA President & CEO updates us on the status of the Retail Theft bill (HB 1656), two Warehouse bills (SB 5891 & SB 5901), the EPR Product Stewardship bill (SB 5697), and several more. Listen to this week's Off the Shelf episode to review and see what's coming up for Week 4.
This week we also interviewed Rep. Dan Griffey (R-35th) about the current status of the Retail Theft bill and its importance to our industry. This is a bill that WFIA and our members are very passionate about! You can click the link below to listen to the interview!
February 4, 2022
This week we interviewed Sen. Mona Das (47th) about the EPR Product Stewardship bill. This is a bill she is very passionate about!
January 31, 2022
Week 3 began on January 24th, and bills seem to be moving along! This week we continued our Day (Session) at the Capitol event where several of our members met with their local legislators to discuss the 2022 session priorities affecting the industry! Additionally, Tammie Hetrick, WFIA President & CEO updates our members on the Long Term Healthcare Plan bill (HB 1732) which passed the Senate and was signed by the Governor last week! Tammie also updates our members on the Unemployment Insurance/Voluntary Quits bill (HB 1486), Ergonomics bill (HB 1837), Industrial Insurance Appeals bill (SB5801), Workers' Compensation Exam Rights bill (SB 5627 / HB 1763), and several more bills.
Our member, Tyler Myers with The Myers Group testified last week on Careers in Retail in support of (HB 2019). You can view the testimony using the link below. Thank you to all of our members who testified last week on other issues that WFIA is supporting/opposing that affect the industry and our members.
January 21, 2022
Week 2 began on January 17th, and it was full-speed ahead for this short session! This week we kicked off our Day (Session) at the Capitol event where several of our members were able to meet with their local legislators to discuss the 2022 session priorities affecting the industry! Additionally, Tammie Hetrick, WFIA President & CEO updates us on the Extended Producer Responsibility/Product Take Back bill (SB 5697), the Unemployment Insurance (HB 1486) bill, Low Proof Spirits (HB 1734), and the bill that is encouraging the opening of safety rest areas to the public (HB 1655). Listen to this week's Off the Shelf episode to review and see what's coming up for Week 3.
January 17, 2022
The legislative session began Monday, January 10th. This week we take some time to introduce you to our WFIA contract lobbyists and our GAC chair, and to review our 2022 legislative priorities! Additionally, Tammie Hetrick, WFIA President & CEO recaps several important bills like the transportation budget, progress on changes to the Long Term Care bills, EV charging and hydrogen refueling stations, and many more. Listen to this week's Off the Shelf episode to review and see what's coming up for Week 2.
January 12, 2022
Join us as we introduce our WFIA contract lobbyists, our 2022 GAC Chair and do a quick rundown of the 2022 priorities for this year's legislative session.
October 28, 2021
Welcome to the WFIA Off the Shelf podcast where we will dive into hot topics that impact the grocery, convenience industries and their suppliers. We will be breaking down local, state, and national issues effecting the industries, interviewing WFIA members, legislative members, and others who bring important information and thoughts. Our first episode will air in early January 2022. Please join us every other Tuesday as we bring you convenience & information to your neighborhood stores and suppliers. You can head to our website and check out our upcoming podcasts before they air!