The fight is on as California's fast food law goes before the voters

The Fast Act is now officially on hold until a 2024 referendum is held. But the war is on to capture the public's sympathies. And in the middle of it is McDonald's U.S. president.


Battle over ServSafe fees spills into federal court

The National Restaurant Association has been sued for using the proceeds to fund its lobbying. The plaintiffs want the practice stopped and reimbursement of the $15 that any employee paid for the course.

Gov. Murphy said he'll work with stakeholders to reduce the price and availability of the permits, which can cost upwards of $1 million.

Restaurant advocates have already filed a lawsuit to block the highly unusual move, which the action asserts is a clear violation of the state constitution.

The business has two years to muster public support in California for recalling the law. There and elsewhere, the plan calls for explaining how the measure will drain consumers' wallets.

But the assistance, capped at $25,000, would be available only to small operations.

Working Lunch: The industry proved it won't win on key ballot issues if it doesn't put up a fight.

The National Restaurant Association cites an avoidance of the walkout as its top legislative priority for the remainder of 2022.

One of Capitol Hill’s top officials was slicing meats and making salads before he went into politics. And the incoming speaker of the House says he hasn’t forgotten that formative experience.

Restaurant Rewind: 32 years ago, the industry shot itself in the foot by supporting a legislative action that did little but tarnish the business.  Here’s the cautionary tale.

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