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  • Thu, January 17, 2019 9:42 PM | Anonymous

    On The Earie       
    By Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    While the state and county fair seasons are still months away, except for perhaps, Florida, Texas, and California, [read more]

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:48 PM | Anonymous

    This week's legislative update is attached for your reference.  There are a number of new bills this week, so please check out the Pending Legislation chart for new activity. [read more]

    Thank you, and have a good weekend!

    Mary Lou Kelly

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:40 PM | Anonymous

    NEAAPA is once again teaming up with NAARSO for the 2019 Education Conference and Annual Meeting. Participate in excellent sessions with top-notch speakers and network with other industry professionals from around the region [read more]

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:29 PM | Anonymous

    Greg Chieko: OABA Appoints The Big E's Midway "Liaison" As President & CEO

    The largest association of U.S. carnival companies starts the new year with the a new president [read more]

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:17 PM | Anonymous

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)

              Change from
      12/31/18 01/07/19 01/14/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.048 3.013 2.976   values are down -0.037 values are down -0.052
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.110 3.069 3.049   values are down -0.020 values are down -0.014
    New England (PADD1A) 3.234 3.216 3.208   values are down -0.008 values are up 0.094
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.286 3.242 3.217   values are down -0.025 values are down -0.046
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.965 2.921 2.903   values are down -0.018 values are down -0.010
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.907 2.869 2.823   values are down -0.046 values are down -0.158
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.841 2.821 2.788   values are down -0.033 values are down -0.037
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.071 3.026 2.987   values are down -0.039 values are up 0.003
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.562 3.528 3.471   values are down -0.057 values are up 0.070
    West Coast less California 3.246 3.180 3.130   values are down -0.050 values are up 0.032
    California 3.813 3.805 3.742   values are down -0.063 values are up 0.101
    *prices include all taxes

    *prices from www.eia.org

  • Thu, January 10, 2019 8:22 PM | Deleted user


    February 3 – February 8
    Tampa & Gibsonton, Florida

    Sunday, February 3

     6 PM - 11 PM  Fare Foods Superbowl Party - Sheraton Hotel (Palm)
    Monday, February 4  
    8:30 AM - 3:15 PM NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    5 PM - 9 PM 
    Fare Foods Trade Show - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    9 PM
    Fare Foods Hospitality Suite - Sheraton (Palm)
    Tuesday, February 5
    8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
    NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show Opens - Gibsonton
    9 PM
    Fare Foods Hospitality Suite - Sheraton (Palm)
    Wednesday, February 6
    9AM - 5 PM
    NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show – Gibsonton
    Noon – 2 PM
    SLA Capitol Preservation Committee – Sheraton Hotel
    2:30 PM - 4 PM
    NICA Update on H-2B Visas & DOL Audits by OABA – Sheraton (Cypress)
    4:15 PM – 5 PM
    OABA Reception Honoring 2019 Hall of Fame & Pioneer Recipients - IISA Carnival Museum - Second Floor
    4 PM - 6 PM
    NICA General Membership Meeting - Sheraton (Cypress)
    6 PM
    IISA Carnival Museum Dinner and Jamboree Fundraiser – IISA Carnival Museum
    7 PM - 9 PM
    NICA  Annual Gala - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    Thursday, February 7
    8 AM - 9:30 AM
    OABA Board Sponsor Breakfast & Board Meeting - Sheraton  (Cypress)
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show - Gibsonton
    1 PM - 4 PM
    Florida Federation of Fair “Partners Shootout & Dinner” - Lithia
    7 PM - 10:00 PM 
    Third Annual OABA Top Golf H-2B Advocacy Fundraiser –Tampa
    Friday, February 8
    9 AM - 10 AM
    SLA Scholarship Committee Meeting - Sheraton
    11 AM - 4 PM
    IISA Trade Show - Gibsonton
    12:30 – 1 PM
    SLA Board of Governors Lunch – Carnival Museum
    1 PM
    SLA Board Meeting – Carnival Museum
    6 PM - 9:30 PM
    OABA’s 54th Annual Member Meeting and Chair’s Reception - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    10 AM - 11 AM
    SLA Nominating Committee Meeting - Sheraton
    12:30 PM - 2 PM
    MAI, Inc. OABA-Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund Board & Scholarship Meeting - Sheraton (Palm) 
    9:30 AM - Noon
    OABA Board Meeting – Sheraton (Cypress)
    3 PM - 4 PM
    What OABA is Doing for You - OABA Executive Board - Gibsonton
    4 PM - 5 PM
    SLA Member Social – IISA, Gibsonton
    6 PM - 10 PM
    IISA Annual Banquet & Ball – IISA Carousel Pavilion - Gibsonton
  • Thu, January 10, 2019 7:44 PM | Deleted user

    Attached is the most recent animal issues update.  As most of you have heard, the Governor of Hawaii signed the new exotic animal rules on December 20, which prohibit dangerous wild animals from being brought into the state for circuses, carnivals, and other public exhibitions.  Also, Mindy Patterson at the Calvary Group caught news just before Christmas that the city of Ferndale, Michigan enacted a ban on the display or performance of wild or exotic animals on public or private property in the city. This action was spurred by PeTA complaints about the use of reindeer and other animals during the city's holiday festival last year. The link to the text of the ordinance is in the Legislation chart. Also in this week's newsletter is coverage of the unfortunate incident in North Carolina where a 22-year-old zoo intern was killed by a lion who got out of his nearby enclosure. On the Legislation chart, I removed the local ordinances that had no further action as of the end of 2018 (since some, such as Los Angeles, have been pending since 2017). I will continue to monitor these items, and if any of these ordinances have future activity, I will put them back on our chart. [read more]

    Thank you!
    Mary Lou Kelly

  • Thu, January 10, 2019 7:09 PM | Deleted user

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)

              Change from
      12/24/18 12/31/18 01/07/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.077 3.048 3.013   values are down -0.035 values are up 0.017
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.132 3.110 3.069   values are down -0.041 values are up 0.044
    New England (PADD1A) 3.237 3.234 3.216   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.139
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.310 3.286 3.242   values are down -0.044 values are up 0.033
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.987 2.965 2.921   values are down -0.044 values are up 0.034
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.944 2.907 2.869   values are down -0.038 values are down -0.078
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.869 2.841 2.821   values are down -0.020 values are up 0.036
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.110 3.071 3.026   values are down -0.045 values are up 0.052
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.588 3.562 3.528   values are down -0.034 values are up 0.134
    West Coast less California 3.281 3.246 3.180   values are down -0.066 values are up 0.093
    California 3.832 3.813 3.805   values are down -0.008 values are up 0.167

    *prices include all taxes
    *prices from www.eia.gov

  • Thu, January 10, 2019 7:03 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie     
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Lee Stevens was sitting at one of what he referred to as one of my favorite watering holes, Showtown USA, in Gibsonton, Fla., when I contacted him about the [read more]

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 6:33 PM | Deleted user

    Immediate H-2B Action Needed! #saveH2B

    The 116th Congress will be sworn in this afternoon.  We need your immediate help to urge your Representative and Senators to demand that DOL resume H-2B filing and that Congress takes swift action to fix the H-2B cap.  

    As you are well aware, the iCERT online filing system crashed right after midnight on January 1st, preventing H-2B filing for the second half of the fiscal year. According to DOL, “the U.S. Department of Labor iCERT system had an unprecedented demand for H-2B certifications with more than 97,800 workers requested in pending applications for 33,000 visas.”

    We continue to work with DOL and Congress to urge swift action and get additional information about when filing will resume. We will pass along information as it becomes available and also encourage you to monitor the iCERT website.

    Further, Congress and the President are continuing negotiations to re-open the government. While there currently does not appear to be a clear path forward, it is essential that immediate cap relief be included in any agreement. Cap relief will only happen if your elected officials hear from you.

    Requested Actions:

    • 1.   Please call your Representative and two Senators and ask them to: 1) urge DOL to immediately fix the iCERT system and resume H-2B processing; and 2) pass immediate H-2B cap relief to ensure that you have access to needed seasonal labor this spring and summer. You can reach your elected officials through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to your Representative or Senator’s office ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues. Please make these calls today! 
    • 2.   Please click on the link below to send a letter to your Representative and two Senators urging immediate cap relief and an immediate resumption of H-2B filing. Please also share this link with your colleagues and encourage them to respond. 
    • Send letters to your Representative and Senators
    • 3.    Tweet at your Senators and Representative using #SaveH2B. You can find their twitter addresses at: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members. Some sample tweets are below.
    • H-2B filing system crashed due to overwhelming need.  Pass H-2B cap relief now. #saveH2Band save American jobs.
    • H-2B Cap Hit! Pass cap relief now! #saveH2B
    • Save American jobs.  Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
    • The H-2B program relies on workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal work, then go home.  #saveH2B
    • Every H-2B worker creates and sustains 4.64 American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
    •   #saveH2B and save American Jobs! Pass H-2B cap relief now!
    •  H-2B program = more American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now. #saveH2B
    •   H-2B workers support American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
    • ·     Save the spring and summer. Pass H-2B cap relief now!  #saveH2
    • Thanks for your continued outreach to Congress.  
    • Your H-2B Workforce Coalition Co-Chairs,
    • Laurie Flanagan, representing AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals
    • Gregg Hartley, representing the Outdoor Amusement Business Association
    • Brian Crawford, American Hotel and Lodging Association


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