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Legislative Affairs

NLBMDA Legislative Priorities

Innocent Sellers Fairness Act

Unfounded and unfair lawsuits are having an increasingly negative effect on the ability of building material dealers to run their businesses and contribute to their communities. Protect building material dealers, distributors, and other retailers from unwarranted product liability lawsuits by asking your Representative to cosponsor the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 2746).

Click here and ask your representative to cosponsor the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act

Issue Brief: Innocent Sellers Fairness Act

EPA Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule

Poor development and implementation of the LRRP rule has resulted in contractors and homeowners facing considerable compliance costs and the lack of an EPA compliant test kit means in some cases consumers are paying additional costs for unnecessary work because of false positive test results. Ask your Representative and Senators to reform the rule by cosponsoring the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act (H.R. 2093, S. 484).

Click here and ask your representative and senators to cosponsor the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act

Issue Brief: EPA Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

Current Issues for the 113th Congress

Improving Energy Efficiency
Housing Finance Reform
Online Sales Tax Fairness
Protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Legislative Tax Credits

Several important U.S. Tax Code provisions have a particular presence in the LBM sector.  This section includes material on the Propane Forklift Federal Tax Credit and the Energy Star Tax Credit for Building Envelope Components.

Click here to learn more.

National Policy Agenda

NLBMDA stands ready to work with policymakers on job creation and sound fiscal policies that will restore housing as the cornerstone of a strong economy. The National Policy Agenda provides an overview of the association’s positions and policy priorities for 2015.

Click here to download the 2015 NLBMDA National Policy Agenda

Congressional Lumber Yard Tours

NLBMDA has developed a guide making it easy to host your Representative or Senators to your lumber yard to talk about your business and how legislative and regulatory issues affects you and your employees. This kit includes:

  • 10 Steps to a Successful Lumber Yard Tour
  • A Sample Invitation
  • A Sample Press Release
  • A Sample Thank You Letter
  • A Feedback Form

Click here to view the NLBMDA Guide to Hosting Successful Congressional Lumber Yard Tours

Regulatory Issues

Regulatory issues can be found on their own page by clicking here.

Questions? Contact Ben Gann, Director of Legislative Affairs & Grassroots Activities at