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Registration is Open for the 2015 ProDealer Industry Summit

The ProDealer Industry Summit will be held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado with top LBM leaders, manufacturers, and industry experts from across the country who are ready to address the tough lumber and building material market. The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive three day educational and networking forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices with leaders in the industry in a relaxed three day format that encourages networking and personal interaction. 

To learn more about the 2015 ProDealer Industry Summit and to take advantage of the early bird registration rate, click here.

 

NLBMDA Commends the House of Representatives for Reintroducing Bill Reforming EPA Lead Rule

[Washington DC-5/15/15] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for reintroducing legislation reforming the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  H.R. 2328 was introduced yesterday by Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and would reduce the burdens of the rule on the home remodeling and retrofit market, while maintaining protections for pregnant women and young children from lead hazards. NLBMDA has worked with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to scrutinize EPA's implementation and enforcement of the rule. Read more.

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Ask Your Representative to Cosponsor the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1199)

The Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1199) was reintroduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) on March 2, and would reduce the instances where lumber dealers, and other retailers, are subject to unfair and unfounded product liability lawsuits. NLBMDA has led the charge on this issue.

These abusive lawsuits are a burden on our nation's small businesses, often hindering their ability to do business. Currently the average legal costs ensued by building suppliers with $1 million in annual sales top $17,000 per year, costs that are ultimately passed on to the consumer, driving up the cost of homebuilding. Read more

EPA Extends Recertification Deadline for Renovators Under EPA Lead Rule

[4/9/2015] Yesterday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a final rule to extend certifications for certain individual renovators (those who received initial certification prior to March 31, 2011) under the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The extensions only apply to individual renovators who must get recertification training within the time frames explained below. They do not apply to firm certifications or individual renovators that need their initial certification. NLBMDA had strongly urged for an extension of the deadline. Read more.

Legislation Vetoed Overturning Ambush Election Rule 

[Washington, DC- 4/1/2015] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) expresses disappointment that President Obama has vetoed a resolution passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives invalidating the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) "Ambush Election" rule, which would shorten the time period between filing a Union representation petition and a Union representation election. If the rule takes effect, the time frame for a Union election could be reduced to as few as 14 days. Read more.

NLBMDA Urges EPA to Allow Online Refresher Training for Renovators Under EPA Lead Rule

[Washington, DC- 2/17/2015] - In response to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to modify the refresher training requirements under the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is urging the agency to adopt the proposal to eliminate the requirement that refresher training for a certified renovator have a hands-on component. NLBMDA supports the proposed change as certified renovators already have prior hands-on training and continue to perform hands-on work as a regular part of their job. Read more

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