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The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) represents its members in the national public policy arena, with emphasis on efforts to 1) promote the industry and educate legislators and public policy personnel; and 2) assist legislative, regulatory, standard-setting and other government or private bodies in the development of laws, regulations and policies affecting lumber and building material dealers, its customers and suppliers. Founded in 1917, the association has over 6,000 members operating single or multiple lumber yards and component plants serving homebuilders, subcontractors, general contractors, and consumers in the new construction, repair and remodeling of residential and light commercial. www.dealer.org.

 

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

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 15, 2015
[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.

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Registration is Open for the 2015 ProDealer Industry Summit

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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

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

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 01, 2015

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.

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EPA Extends Recertification Deadline for Renovators Under EPA Lead Rule

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 10, 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.

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Legislation Vetoed Overturning Ambush Election Rule

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 02, 2015
[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.

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Innocent Sellers Fairness Act Reintroduced in Congress

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 06, 2015

NLBMDA-Promoted Initiative Would Provide Liability Protection for Those that Only Sell Products

[Washington, DC- 3/6/2015] - Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to protect dealers from unfair product liability lawsuits. The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) for his reintroduction of the NLBMDA-promoted "Innocent Sellers Fairness Act" (H.R. 1199) that would provide product liability protection to those businesses that merely sell products, and did not manufacture or install them. Read more

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

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 17, 2015
[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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Sign Up to Receive the Political Action Committee Newsletter

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 30, 2015

The Lumber Dealers Political Action Committee (LuDPAC), the political action committee of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), wants to share with you the political activities that are done on behalf of the industry. However, federal election law requires that we have your written permission before we can send you our LuDPAC monthly newsletter with information on the candidates we support, successful meetings between politicians and NLBMDA members, who in Congress is voting for our bills, and critical updates from the NLBMDA Government Relations team on issues affecting the LBM Industry. Read more

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NLBMDA Releases 2015 National Policy Agenda

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 23, 2015
[Washington, DC- 1/23/15] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2015. The document brings focus to the common interests of the industry and includes policy goals for continued growth in our nation's housing and building industry. Read more.

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NLBMDA Opposes President Obama's Proposal to Increase Taxes on Investments and Estates

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 21, 2015
[Washington, DC- 1/21/15] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) opposes the proposal announced last night by President Barack Obama during the State of the Union address that would increase the top capital gains tax rate and increase the taxes paid on inherited capital. Read more

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