FRANKFORT, KY -- Almost 40 members of the Kentucky Automatic Merchandising Council -- operators, brokers and suppliers -- rallied here during the association's Legislative Day to express their strong support for House Bill 62. The measure, presently in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, would amend the state's tax law to exclude food and food ingredients sold through vending machines from sales and use tax.
Joining the KAMC delegation and its leader, president Mike Alexander of J. Mike Alexander & Associates (Lexington), were National Automatic Merchandising Association senior vice-president for government affairs Eric Dell and regional legislative director Sheree Edwards.
"We participated in 32 separate meetings with lawmakers to discuss the provisions of House Bill 62, exempting the current 6% retail sales tax for vended products, placing vending on par with other retail sales channels that pay no sales tax on similar items," Dell reported. Not only would it give a needed lift to vending businesses, he explained, but also would bolster the state's economy.
The bill is sponsored by Reps. Terry Mills (D-District 24), Steven Riggs (D-District 31), Rep Jim Stewart III (R-District 86), David Watkins (D-District 11) and Susan Westrom (D-District 79). If enacted, it will take effect in July.
"Relationship-building is an important part of our ongoing mission," Dell emphasized. "We heard consistent positive feedback from legislators who got to know these small businessmen and women from throughout the state."
KAMC is an affiliated state council of NAMA.