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Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the approximately 775,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.2 million direct jobs, $787.7 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and almost 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology, and business development.

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IFA Announces California FAST Act Officially Postponed Until Voters Have a Say

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today announced that California’s AB 257, or the FAST Act, has been officially postponed until the November 2024 election, giving California voters the opportunity to weigh in on the law before it goes into effect. The referendum effort to qualify the measure for the ballot was led by the Save Local Restaurants coalition, co-chaired by IFA, the National Restaurant Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

IFA Convenes Minneapolis Mayor Frey, Franchise Business Leaders During Open for Opportunity Roadshow

IFA kicked of its 2023 Open for Opportunity Roadshow in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Roadshow stop included back-of-house tours at local franchise businesses and two roundtable discussions with franchisees, local and federal elected officials, and business and community leaders.

California Court Upholds Rule of Law, Freezes AB 257 Until Voters Have a Say

Today, the Sacramento Superior Court ruled in favor of the Save Local Restaurants coalition, confirming that no enforcement of AB 257, or the FAST Act, can take place while the signatures from over one million Californians who signed the petition against AB 257 are verified. The lawsuit was in response to state officials declaring that they would unconstitutionally move forward with the law despite over 100-years’ precedent in the California referendum process.