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October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in front of the DC Committee on Human Services about the substantial burden that would be placed on restaurants by requiring detailed nutrition labeling on menusDate: Nov 2003.  Issue Status: Proposals to institute menu labeling mandates in DC havebeen consistently voted down in the face of restaurant industry resistance.PDF File  
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW General Counsel Andrew Kline testifies in front of the DC Committee on Consumer & Regulatory Affairs about the major problems with the District’s Master Business License (MBL) and how confusion regarding its use was harming restaurants.  Date: Oct 2002. Issue Status: The MBL has now been discontinued in DC, and replaced by the Basic Business License (BBL).  PDF File
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  Former RAMW Chair (2007-9) Paul Cohn testifies in front of the DC Committee on Finance and Revenue in 2003, supporting the District’s efforts to bring a new baseball team to the city.Date: June 2003.  Issue Status: DC gained a new MLB team, the Washington Nationals, in2005.  The team moved into the new Nationals Park in Southeast DC in2008.  PDF File   
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies at a public hearing on the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID), expressing support for the BID’s designation and encouraging an extension of its term. Date: May 2008.  Issue Status: The Golden Triangle BID's charter was extended in summer 2008 by five more years, until 2013.PDF File   RAMW President Lynne Breaux...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  Former RAMW Chair (2007-9) Paul Cohn testifies in front of the DC Committee on Finance and Revenue and details how extending restaurant service hours during President Obama’s inauguration benefited the DC restaurant industry.Date: Feb 2009.  Issue Status: Stemming from the success of the Inauguration, for 2009 ABRA is allowing on-premise ABC licensees to remainopen one extra hour...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  Former RAMW-EF Program Director Frans Hagen testifies in front of the DC Special Committee on Vocational Education and Jobs about the partnership between RAMW-EF and DCPS, and how the collaboration is providing benefits to both city residents and the restaurant industry.Date: July 2006.  Issue Status: RAMW-EF continues to work with DCPS to provide vitaleducation and career...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in support of a plan to better develop Southwest Washington’s waterfront areas.Date: Sep 2003.  Issue Status: Plans for major projects on the Southwest Waterfront aremoving ahead, including new housing, commercial, hotel and publicrecreational developments.PDF File
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in front of the full DC City Council, outlining several uses for DC funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that would benefit both the city and its restaurateurs.Date: Feb 2009. Issue Status:  As encouraged by RAMW, DC has concentrated on using its stimulus funds to improve local transportation networks.PDF File
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in front of the DC Committees on Government Operations and the Environment, and Finance and Revenue, pointing out the undue regulatory burden placed on restaurants by the proposed bag tax measure.Date: April 2009.  Issue Status: The measure passed the DC City Council in July 2009, thoughwith exemptions for paper and reusable carryout bags, and bags...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW General Counsel Andrew Kline testifies in front of the DC Committee on Public Service and Consumer Affairs, supporting the Vending Regulation Act of 2009 but voicing concerns over certain components.Date: June 2009.  Issue Status: The Act was approved by the DC City Council in July 2009.  PDF File
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in front of the DC Committees on Economic Development, and Finance and Revenue, in support of the new convention center hotel.Date: June 2009. Issue Status: DC public financing was approved for the Convention CenterHotel in July 2009, with groundbreaking anticipated for late fall 2009.  PDF File  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in front of the DC Committee on Health about the positives and negatives of smoking bans, and how the restaurant market is already solving the problem through certain restaurants voluntarily going smoke-free.Date: Sep 2005.  Issue Status: Effective January 2007, smoking is banned in all bars/restaurants places in DC (excepting outdoor areas)....
October 15, 2009
Legislation |   RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in front of the DC Committee on Public Works and Transportation in support of Fred Moosally’s appointment as new ABRA director.Date: June 2009.  Issue Status: Mr. Moosally was confirmed as ABRA director in July 2009.PDF File  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies at a public hearing on the Alcoholic Beverage Enforcement Act of 2008...
October 2, 2009
Tidbits | Featured in - The Wall Stree JournalSEPTEMBER 30, 2009By: SUE SHELLENBARGERIf you were a recent college graduate in a recovering economy launching a career, looking for a mate or both, where would you choose to live?Predicting cities that will emerge as post-recession meccas for the young is easy to argue about, but impossible to forecast empirically. Whether you prefer hip, casual Austin, Texas...
September 28, 2009
Hot Topics | Featured in The Washington FlyerMonday, September 28, 2009 BY: David HagedornWhat happens when a famished food critic dives into Paris and D.C., intent on making culinary comparisons? Conventional wisdom has it that the Parisian culinary scene stands alone, and other international heavyweights (think New York, Barcelona, Tokyo) linger proudly in its shadow. Same thing applies to Washington, a...

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