SECTION 1. Section 133A of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 18 to 19, the words “no later than December thirty-first, nineteen hundred and eighty-three” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- annually, on or before December 31
SECTION 2. Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following section: - Section 235. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, have the following meanings:-
“Commissioner”, the commissioner of public health
“Department”, the department of public health
“Government property”, all property owned or managed by the commonwealth including government office buildings, road-side rest stops, state parks and recreation centers, state colleges and universities and state-supported hospitals.
“Non RSA-vendor”, any person who by contract, agreement or ownership is responsible for furnishing, installing, servicing, operating or maintaining a vending machine or vending facility who is not licensed by the commission for the blind to operate such machine or facility.
"Nutritional standards”, the standards promulgated by the department in accordance with subsection (b).
“Vending machine”, any self-service device offered for public use which, upon insertion of a coin, coins, token, paper currency, or by any other means, dispenses servings of food or beverage, either in bulk or in package.
“Vendor”, a blind person licensed by the commission for the blind to operate a vending facility under the terms of the Randolph-Shepard Act, 20 U.S.C. chapter 6A, section 107; 29 U.S.C. sections 701 et. seq.; and sections 129, 130, 131J and 133 through 133E, inclusive, of chapter 6 of the General Laws.
(b) All foods or beverages sold through vending machines located in government buildings or on property owned or managed by the commonwealth shall be limited to food and beverage items that comply with the nutritional standards established by the commissioner of public health. The commissioner shall promulgate regulations establishing evidence-based nutrition and food procurement standards that meet or exceed those set forth in "Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations," issued by the federal general services administration, or “Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit,” issued by the American Heart Association or “Model Beverage and Food Vending Machine Standards,” issued by the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity. The commissioner shall periodically review such nutritional and procurement standards and amend the regulations to reflect advancements in nutrition science, dietary data, and new product availability. The commissioner shall also establish by regulation rules regarding requirements for display of nutritional information on or near vending machines located in government buildings or on property owned or managed by the commonwealth about products sold in such vending machines. The Commissioner shall also establish regulation regarding that food and beverage items that meet the nutrition standards should be placed so as to be prominently and easily visible, and in the prime selling positions; that food and beverage items that meet the nutrition standards should be available at prices equal to or less than the prices for similar products that are available and that do not meet the nutrition standards; and that food and beverage items that do not meet the nutrition standards options should not be promoted through discounted prices, bundled meals, or promotional signs. The commissioner shall also establish by regulation a schedule for compliance by vendors and non-RSA vendors with the nutritional standards established by the commissioner.
(c) To assist in the implementation of the nutritional standards set forth in this section, the commissioner shall designate an appropriate position within the department to disseminate information and train staff on the nutritional standards to ensure compliance. The designated position shall monitor compliance and report to the commissioner every year on the status of implementation. The annual report shall include: an assessment of compliance with the nutritional standards; a description of any issues encountered in implementation of the nutritional standards; and recommendations for improvement of the nutritional standards and compliance.
(d) The commissioner shall take the following actions: (1) notify current vendors and non-RSA vendors of the nutritional standards and the required schedule for compliance.
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