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November 12, 2009
Hot Topics | Important Info: Closing Hours & Sidewalk Café PermitsWhat are your closing hours? Are you in compliance?RAMW has learned that many members are not in compliance with theclosing hours listed on their DC ABC application. The ABC Board takesthe position that whatever time you list as your closing hour, you arerequired to have all patrons off the premises and all alcohol put awayby that...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW Board Member Geoff Tracy testifies in front of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about the impact of rising food prices on restaurants, and how Congress can help.Date: June 2008.PDF File RAMW Board Member Oren Molovinsky joins with Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) to introduce a bill that clarifies credit card interchange fees and provides retailers greater flexibility...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  FormerRAMW Public Policy Advisor Patrick Horn testifies in front of theVirginia General Assembly's Committee on Local Government, outlining the problems for restaurants stemming from Arlington’s proposal to franchise waste hauling services. Date: Feb 2005.Issue Status: The problematic 2005 proposal was eventually vetoed by Governor Tim Kaine.PDF File  
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies at a public hearing to voice support for the Trash Compactor Incentive Act of 2008, which provides financial assistance to restaurants to purchase or lease trash compactors.Date: Nov 2008.  Issue Status: The 2008 Act was ultimately not passed by the DC City Council.PDF File  
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies on the various problems and possible solutions for DC’s taxi system after being nominated to the Taxicab Commission.Date: Oct 2006.  PDF File  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in front of the DC Committee on Public Works and the Environment about the Taxicab and Limousine Reform Act, offering suggestions to change the taxi zone...
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

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