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NRA, lawmakers to talk policy at annual legislative meeting

As it continues its mission of educating legislators on important issues affecting the restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association will join state lawmakers, government officials and restaurateurs for the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit, Aug. 12-15, in Atlanta.

The NRA, along with restaurant companies Yum! Brands and Brinker International, and the Georgia Restaurant Association, will take a leading role in introducing legislators to the industry by hosting a networking reception during the conference. The NRA and GRA also will sponsor cooking demonstrations conducted by local restaurateurs Jay Swift and Nick Melvin.

In addition, members of the NRA’s government affairs team will participate in public policy meetings with state legislators on such topics as immigration, food issues, health care, and mobile payments, among others.

Amanda Rieter, the NRA’s director of policy and industry affairs, said the conference is a great opportunity for state legislators to talk with each other as well as members of the restaurant industry.

“Everyone, including lawmakers, has a favorite restaurant,” Rieter said. “At NCSL, we educate them about our industry and the issues that affect restaurant businesses in their home states.”

The NRA, along with Yum Brands, also will sponsor the “Backpack Buddy Program,” an event to provide meals for hungry children in Atlanta. As part of the program, legislators will pack bags of food for donation to local underprivileged children. The state with the most legislators participating in the event will win a grant, underwritten by Yum, for a hunger relief program in their state.

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