[vendtalk] Delaware Bill Seeks To Expand Blind Vendor Opportunities

Vandervoort's vandervoorts at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jun 23 20:05:25 UTC 2013

Though it is not yet law, I believe that this capability should be the case
for every state's BEP/BET program.  It would allow even the smallest vendor
to get better pricing for product and improve the blind managers'
profitability.  I had asked about this in Texas but was told that state law
forbids the state from passing along any such benefit to private/non-state
businesses or organizations.   
(PS - Texas Gov Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would impose dietary
restrictions on sugary drink products sold through vending machines in some
public schools.  The new law would have expanded current laws.) 

>From Vending Times
Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 7, July 2013, Posted On: 6/18/2013 
Delaware Bill Seeks To Expand Blind Vendor Opportunities
Emily Jed
Emily at vendingtimes.net 

DOVER, DE -- Delaware lawmakers have introduced a bill in the state
Legislature that would broaden economic opportunities for blind residents in
the state by creating snack bars, cafeterias and vending facilities on
federal, state and municipal properties.
Under federal law and state law, Delaware's Business Enterprise Program is
granted priority to operate vending facilities on federal and state
property. The proposed legislation -- HB 139 -- would amend these rules to
allow licensed participants in Delaware's BEP to purchase materials and
nonprofessional services under any central contract negotiated by the state.


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