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Register Now for the 2017 NLBMDA Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference

Registration is now open for NLBMDA's Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference which will take place from March 27-29, 2017 at the Renaissance Dupont Hotel in Washington, D.C. This conference is an incredible opportunity to remind leaders of the importance of our industry and advance the advocacy agenda of NLBMDA.

Over the past few years, we have seen Congress and the White House clash over a range of issues from labor to taxes to the environment. The 2016 elections shook up Washington and 2017 will be a year packed with action on Capitol Hill and at the federal agencies. With so much at stake and so many opportunities to advance our agenda, we strongly encourage all NLBMDA members to attend the annual Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference!

Please click here for online registration and complete meeting information. 

Congressman Farenthold Introduces Innocent Sellers Act

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds the reintroduction yesterday in the House of Representatives of the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1118). Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), the legislation provides product liability protection in certain circumstances for wholesalers and retailers - such  as lumber dealers - that merely sell products, and do not manufacture or alter them. Reps. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) are original cosponsors of the bill.  

Unfair and unfounded lawsuits disproportionately affect small business. According to a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, small businesses bear 81 percent of business tort liability costs. The legislation addresses this problem faced by lumber dealers. While state reforms have helped, a federal solution is important to ensure uniformity for suppliers who often operate in multiple states.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release.

emery | waterhouse Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that emery | waterhouse is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.Emery | waterhouse provides dominate paint, fastener and power tool assortments and complete hand tools, plumbing, electrical, lawn and garden, winter goods, housewares, automotive, marine, and cleaning assortments. They offer a 98% fill-rate on over 1500 professional brands and have the widest breadth of fasteners in the industry.

"We are very excited to be a member of NLBMDA as emery|waterhouse expands its pro dealer reach to a national level. It's clear that the focus and values of the members, both retailers and vendors, align with our company's; emery|waterhouse wants to bring knowledge, growth and opportunities to our industry."

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

NLBMDA Releases 2017 National Policy Agenda

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2017. The document brings focus to the common interests of the industry and includes policy goals for continued growth in the nation's housing and building industry.

"Lumber and building material dealers continue to play an important role in furthering America's economic growth as part of the building supply chain and residential housing sector," said NLBMDA Chair George W. Lester II, Chairman and CEO of The Lester Group in Martinsville, Virginia. "The 2017 NLBMDA National Policy Agenda provides a common-sense, pro-business framework that eliminates unnecessary regulatory burdens, and promotes sound fiscal policies needed for sustained economic expansion."

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release.

NLBMDA Regulatory Update: New Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on November 14, 2016. The new form, referenced with its publication date 11/14/2016, will become mandatory on January 22, 2017, replacing the current form dated 03/08/2013. The new form is available in a new "smart" form version or standard PDF form here. The new form has a planned expiration date of August 31, 2019. According to USCIS, the "changes are designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer".

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full regulatory update.

NLBMDA Praises House Approval of the REINS Act

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praises the approval today of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 26) by a vote of 237 to 187 in the House of Representatives.

The legislationincreases accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process by requiring Congress to approve all major rules before taking effect. As part of the bill, a "major rule" means any rule, including an interim final rule, that the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget finds has resulted in or is likely to result in the following:

  • An annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
  • A major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, or local government agencies, or geographic regions; or
  • Significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and export markets.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release on this important legislation. 

Save the Date! 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit at The Wigwam Resort - Phoenix AZ - October 16-19

The NLBMDA and HBSDealer are excited to announce that the location and dates for the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit have been selected. The 2017 Summit will take place at the historic Wigwam resort located in Phoenix, Arizona, from October 16 to October 19.

The sprawling Wigwam grounds include a wide selection of amenities, boasting four pools, a variety of excellent dining options, a well-stocked Golf club and pro shop, as well as providing guest access to five world-class golf courses, including the Arizona Biltmore Country Club. In addition to the many guest amenities, the Wigwam provides state-of-the-art meeting spaces and guest accommodations that will ensure that our attendees will spend the conference in comfortable and sophisticated surroundings. We hope that will you join us for this unique and exciting event! 

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

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