Latest Food services regulation News

Divided Missouri Senate backs food stamp use at restaurants

Apr. 28, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A divided Missouri Senate narrowly passed legislation Thursday that could allow thousands of elderly, disabled and homeless residents to spend government food stamp benefits at restaurants — something currently allowed in only a handful of states. The...

Oklahoma tourism agency ends contract with BBQ restaurant

Apr. 25, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lucrative deal that allowed an Oklahoma barbecue restaurateur to have the state subsidize more than $2 million in operational losses at new state park restaurants is being terminated due to “suspected fraudulent activity," the state's tourism department said Monday. ...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Mar. 15, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. March 13, 2022. Editorial: Find a way to shut off the pipeline that helps fill Nebraska prisons Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made an important and provocative statement recently about the value of investing in Nebraska communities as a way to...

Hochul rallies support for to-go sales of cocktails

Mar. 02, 2022 19:44 PM EST

New Yorkers could again buy takeout cocktails at restaurants and bars under a proposal Gov. Kathy Hochul boosted Wednesday, although state regulators could end up limiting how much alcohol patrons could buy and when. Restaurant and bar owners have urged Hochul to reinstitute the sale...

Maine governor wants to ban Russian vodka, spirits

Feb. 28, 2022 15:30 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a proclamation declaring the state’s solidarity with Ukraine on Monday and asked for stores and restaurants to remove Russian alcohol brands from their shelves. The governor also called on the State Liquor and Lottery...

New law to allow dogs in restaurants' outdoor dining areas

Feb. 27, 2022 09:42 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There will be more puppies on patios this spring now that New Hampshire has passed a law allowing dogs in outdoor dining areas of restaurants. Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Thursday that clears restaurant owners to allow dogs in any outdoor dining areas of...

Need for affordable housing runs up against Utah zoning laws

Feb. 26, 2022 08:03 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A growing chorus of experts say middle housing, a class of multifamily housing options that falls between single-family homes and large apartment complexes, is a vital instrument in the fight against unaffordable housing. But middle housing has a big problem:...