The Association advocates the interests of the independent grocery and convenience store industries on state legislative and regulatory issues that could significantly impact the business operations of our retailer and wholesaler member companies. Our strength is in our members and WFIA represents unique and diverse members in every corner of the state.
WFIA supports policies that make it easy for WFIA members to install electric vehicle (EV) and other alternative fuel charging stations to allow our stores to grow in a cost-effective manner and enhance our customers’ experiences
WIFA is preparing to support retail theft legislation introduced by the Attorney General’s office. WFIA continues to support amending the definition of theft to include the act of concealment of the property with the intent to deprive another person of its use and benefit. This means that store personnel or law enforcement could stop a person inside the store who is concealing an item in store with the intent to remove the item from the store without paying for the item. Currently loss prevention personnel must wait until the person leaves the store which has led to violent interactions at the store doors and in the parking lots in addition to an inability to stop the loss.
WFIA is monitoring Extended Producer Responsibility proposals which would establish a program for the management of consumer packaging and paper products to be funded and implemented by producers of those products, including reuse and recycling rate targets, convenient collection service standards, responsible management, infrastructure investments, and education and outreach.
WFIA opposes qui tam legislation, which allows private citizens or organizations to sue on behalf of government agencies to enforce certain labor and employment laws. Allowing a whistleblower who has no standing to file suit opens the door to abuse for financial gain, while targeting businesses who are operating in good faith.
WFIA opposes ergonomics legislation, which repeals the restriction on the regulation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomics.
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