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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 Reiterates Innocent Sellers Fairness Act as a Top Legislative Priority

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 27, 2015
[Washington DC- 8/27/2015] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) reiterates its full support for the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1199), which would provide product liability protection in certain circumstances for lumber dealers that merely sell products, and did not manufacture or alter them. The bill was reintroduced in March in the House of Representatives and remains a top priority for NLBMDA. Read more.

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NLBMDA Commends Senate Reintroduction of Bill Reforming EPA Lead Rule

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 06, 2015
[Washington DC-8/6/2015] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) welcomes reintroduction of legislation in the Senate reforming the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act (S. 1987) was introduced yesterday by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) 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 continues working with lawmakers in the House and Senate to scrutinize EPA's implementation and enforcement of the rule. Read more.

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Take Action- Invite Members of Congress to Your Lumberyard!

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 20, 2015

Now is the time to take action in your local districts and schedule meetings with your Members of Congress during its annual August Recess. Both the Senate and House leave Washington, D.C. in a few weeks. The House of Representatives leaves July 30. The Senate leaves August 7. Both chambers will return to Capitol Hill on September 8. 

Contact your district offices today and set up meetings with House and Senate offices over the break and even invite them to tour your lumberyard. NLBMDA staff and your state and regional association executive are happy to help in providing you with the tools you need to engage your elected officials during the extended break. Read more.

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Department of Labor Proposes to Increase Exempt Status Salary Thresholds

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 07, 2015
On July 6, the Department of Labor issued a proposal to set new salary thresholds for purposes of determining exempt and nonexempt workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime pay protections.  The rationale is that the current levels for white collar worker exemption of $455 per week ($23,660/year) and for highly compensated worker exemption of $100,000/year total annual compensation are too low.  NLBMDA regulatory staff and the Regulatory, Codes and Standards Committee are reviewing the proposal in detail.  Comments to be filed with the Department of Labor are due September 4, 2015. Read more.

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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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