Dear Members,

There are only two-weeks left of the legislative session and I want to share with you some updates on important legislation that we are following on your behalf. It is more important now to continue to read these updates and potential alerts. Bills can slide through quickly when legislators get down to the wire in an attempt to pass their agenda items. It may be vital to make calls swiftly if necessary and we will do our best to get you the most up-to-date information, talking points and phone numbers if needed.

Dram shop legislation is very much alive and awaits a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. DRA members were active last month when the bill was scheduled and we were successful through our calls at keeping it off of the agenda. It could be brought up at any time between now and June 30th.

After two committee hearings and many phone calls by DRA members, HB 428 has been tabled but continues to remain active. DRA has raised many questions and continues to fight any liability language that would implicate restaurant owners or employees. The intent of the bill is to hold adults liable for selling, purchasing or providing alcohol to underage minors.

This bill remains in the danger zone as Representative Barbieri continues to work on language acceptable for committee passage.

There are many other bills that the DRA is monitoring at this time. We will re-cap the entire legislative session after the June 30th deadline.

Thank you again for your persistence. I have been told that legislators continue to hear from our members who have been passionate and articulate in debate! It really does matter! We will continue to keep watch and work on the industry’s behalf.

Carrie Leishman, President/CEO



The National Restaurant Association’s Membership department is hosting a number of webinars in June. Please see below for webinar details. Please remember that in order to register for these webinars you will need your member number.

1) Secure Mid-Term Rent Reductions

Take advantage of millions of dollars in rent concessions, deferrals and abatements from commercial landlords. Find out how in a members-only webinar with tips from Dale Willerton, Get tips on how to approach your landlord for a mid-term rent reduction, and learn which strategies work and which don’t. Learn the difference between rent deferral and abatement and which is better for you. Discover the kinds of questions your landlord will ask and the financial information you’ll need to present. Plus, find out how to get rent arrears forgiven.

Wednesday, June 23rd

2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Register Here!

2) Health Care Reform and You

Learn how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect your business and the restaurant industry. Discover the implications for companies of your size and what you can do to prepare. Join representatives from the National Restaurant Association and United Health Care for this members-only webinar to learn more about this evolving new law.

Thursday, June 24th

2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Register Here!

Wednesday, July 14th

2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Register Here!