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July 28, 2021 by Cory Martin

July 28, 2021

Grand Springs Distribution Opens Doors to Member of Congress to Discuss Oversight, Trade, and the Industry's Leadership on Environmental Issues

IBWA Board and Executive Committee Member Robert Smith, owner of Grand Springs Distribution, welcomed Representative Bob Good (R-VA-5) and staff to his plant to learn more about the bottled water industry. Robert spent time discussing critical issues to the industry with the Congressman, including Section 301 trade tariffs on water coolers from China, recyclability of plastic packaging, efforts to tax or ban the sale of bottled water, and how bottled water products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Rep. Good then toured the Grand Springs plant, seeing firsthand how bottled water is treated and packaged before heading to grocery stores, other businesses, or homes in the 5th district. 

Click HERE to read more.

IBWA State Engagement Review

Maine Recycled Content Mandate Bill Stalls as Legislature Adjourns
A bill that would have required the use of recycled content in plastic beverage containers failed to gain final support as the Maine Legislature wrapped up its 2021 session. LD 1467 was approved by both chambers but failed to garner appropriations support for the program that would have been overseen by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The measure will now carry over to the 2022 session with little insight whether it will see additional action. Click HERE to read more.

IBWA Opposes MA Bill Removing Funding for Bottled Water
IBWA recently provided written testimony in opposition to legislation in Massachusetts that would have removed the use of state funds to purchase bottled water. There were three different bills regarding the matter on the agenda during a July 14 hearing held by the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. Click HERE to read more. 

Did You Know? The IBWA PAC Uses 6 Factors to Determine What Members of Congress Should Receive Contributions

The IBWA PAC determines what Members of Congress should receive PAC contributions using six key factors. This includes:

  • Are they a champion of important bottled water policy issues?
  • Do they represent IBWA member facilities?
  • Do they serve on key Congressional committees?
  • Do they hold a leadership position in Congress?
  • Do they have a record of supporting the industry’s policy objectives?
  • Has an IBWA member recommended a contribution?

To share certain information about PAC activities and events with, and solicit contributions from, executive and administrative employees of IBWA’s members, members must first provide IBWA with a signed “Authorization to Solicit” form. Click HERE to fill out this form online. For more information about the IBWA PAC, please contact Cory Martin, IBWA Vice President of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4618 or cmartin@bottledwater.org. 

Federal and State Legislative Report

Click HERE to view the current IBWA State Legislative Report, and click HERE to view the IBWA Federal Legislative Report. These reports include information on medium and high priority bills that IBWA is currently tracking that have seen action over the last couple of weeks. 

Also, you can download the Excel listing of all legislation that IBWA is tracking by clicking HERE. This is up to date as of July 28, 2021.

For more information on IBWA advocacy issues, please contact Cory Martin, IBWA Vice President of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4618 or cmartin@bottledwater.org, or JP Toner, IBWA Director of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4616 or jtoner@bottledwater.org.


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