Join APMA for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Phoenix Country Club.
We will celebrate 2014 and plan for 2015. Holiday fare and raffle give aways!
Join APMA for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Phoenix Country Club.
Topics: EMV Liability Shift; Lifting Procedures Safety Training; APMA Updates.
NOTE: There will be NO APMA October Meeting due to the Conference.
Join APMA for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Phoenix Country Club.
NOTE: There will be NO APMA August Meeting.
Industry News for November 14, 2014
ADWM Biofuels and General Fuel Quality Workshop and Proposed Rules
ADWM has distributed proposed rules as discussed in the Biofuels Stakeholder sessions that occurred in July and August. This includes proposed revisions to portions of Arizona Administrative Code Title 20 regarding requirements for producers, blenders, suppliers and motor fuel dispensing facilities for the production, blending, distribution and sale of biofuels. Additional revisions will update or better align the rules with Handbooks 44, 130 and 133 (2014 editions). You can access the proposed revisions here. ADWM will hold a Stakeholder Workshop on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 9:00 am at ADWM Offices (4425 W. Olive Avenue, Suite 134, Glendale, AZ 85302). The Workshop Notice contains information on the webcast attendance option. ...more »
Industry News for November 7, 2014
2014 Election Results Summary
Republican candidates saw big wins both on the national and local level in the midterm elections this week. In top statewide races, Republicans triumphed: Doug Ducey will be Governor, Michelle Reagan will be Secretary of State and Mark Brnovich will be Attorney General. Republicans won again in the Corporation Commission races, with Tom Forese and Doug Little besting their opponents. Arizona Republicans will likely hold their 17-13 majority in the Senate and may increase their majority in the House of Representatives. Several legislative races remain too close to call, including LD9 and two Southern seats (LD 2 and LD4) typically won by Democrats but may fall to Republicans. ...more »
Industry News for October 31, 2014
At PMAA's most recent Board and Committee meetings in Las Vegas, there was a discussion concerning federal excise taxes. Many members held the view that federal excises taxes were paid by the marketer and therefore might be refundable in the case of a customer default or bankruptcy. PMAA Counsel Al Alfano was present and advised that while marketers (and their customers) bear the tax burden in higher prices, they do not bear the statutory tax obligation. Contact APMA for a memo clarifying the relevant issues.
Arizona News: ADOT Says Homes to Start Being Appraised Ahead of Proposed South Mountain Freeway Expansion Project (from abc15); Taxing E-Cigarettes: For Sin or Consistency? (opinion from AZcentral.com); GOP Chief Sought Info on Republicans Supporting Democrats (from AZcentral.com)
NACS News: Election Day Countdown: Where Do We Stand; Hackers Boost Malware Efforts to Attack Retailers; Legislator Gets Crash Course in Convenience Retailing; Carmakers Prepare to Shift to Hydrogen Fuel Cells; US Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015; Diesel Vehicle Sales Forecast Are Strong – Are Consumers Ready?; NACS Responds to Card Company Attempts to Dominate Mobile Payments; NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Other News: In the Case of Curbing GHG Emissions, Think Globally And Not Locally (from AFPM); EIA’s Estimates of Gasoline Sales – How Did It Get So Late So Soon? (from AFPM); Asthma Rates Have Increased While Ozone Levels Have Fallen (from AFPM)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Remember that the daylight savings time observers will be falling back an hour this Saturday November 1.
On November 6, 2014 ADEQ held its third stakeholder meeting on the proposed new UST Program. There was a good turn out of APMA members, including tank owners and more. Legislative staff attended as well as a number of ADEQ staff and Director Henry Darwin. Laura Malone, ADEQ Waste Programs Director, started the discussion. ...more »
This fall, APMA started APMA PAC – a state political action committee. This entity supports state level candidate campaigns for those who understand and support the issues of the petroleum marketing industry. Our goal is that when any legislator or regulator thinks about potential legislation or rules that will affect our industry, they call APMA to get our input first. Your support is greatly needed as we get this fund up and running!
SUPPORT APMA PAC today (we can accept one-time or recurring credit card contributions online)
PMAA, our national association, also runs a federal political action committee. Our support of this fund will help elect individuals who are supportive of small business and independent petroleum marketers; support PMAA’s legislative and regulatory agenda; and remind legislators that petroleum marketers are a political force. PMAA is closing in on its fundraising goal for the year – one last push of support will get us there!
Both APMA PAC and PMAA SBC PAC are vital tools to fight for our industry. When legislators go to bat on our issues, it is essential that we assist them in securing re-election. Personal (not corporate) funds are required for both PACs.
With 2014 elections next week, APMA is reminding the membership of our endorsed candidates for state legislative races. For more information, please contact APMA Executive Director Amanda Gray.