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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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Take Action – Ask Your Representative to Support Vocational Training in the First Step Act

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 7, 2019
NLBMDA urges its members to take action by contacting their Representative and asking them to support vocational training for prisoners as part of the First Step Act, which provides reforms to the criminal justice system.
 
As the housing industry grows and demand for workers increases, the ongoing labor shortage is among the top impediments to continued growth. With the unemployment rate at 4%, the bill helps address the lack of workers in sectors such as residential construction while providing a second chance for individuals.
 
Nonprofit groups have worked with prisoners to train them for work in sectors such as residential construction. These programs have proven successful in helping hundreds of youth and adults reintegrate into society and reduce recidivism rates.

For the full press release click here.

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NLBMDA Statement on the New United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 7, 2019
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released the following statement on the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the G20 Summit. USMCA is a trilateral trade deal with Mexico and Canada that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if the legislatures of the three countries ratify it.
 
“NLBMDA is pleased that the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have reached an agreement and are moving forward to update NAFTA,” said NLBMDA President and CEO Jonathan Paine. “The U.S. should build on this positive momentum by resolving the softwood lumber dispute with Canada and ending the steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Mexico and Canada.”

Click here to read the full press release.

 

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What You Need to Know: Upcoming Changes to the OSHA Crane Rule

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 7, 2019
The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it is finalizing changes to the certification requirements for crane operators established in the 2010 rule. OSHA is keeping theNovember 10 deadline for companies in the construction industries that are subject to the rule to comply with the crane operator certification requirement.

Under the rule, operators must still be certified by type of crane. That means that if a company is currently covered by the rule, it is required to have its operators certified by November 10. This is not a new requirement. It has been in place under the original 2010 rule and extended twice. OSHA’s revision to the rule will not extend the November 10 compliance date for operator certification. Additionally, based on its pre-published guidance, OSHA states that it will delay enforcement for only the new verification and training requirements.

NLBMDA will send a detailed analysis of the revisions, including the new training and evaluation requirements, to its members in the coming days after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

To read the full press release click here.

Questions? Contact Ben Gann, NLBMDA Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs at ben@dealer.org or 202.367.2346.

 

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NLBMDA Reiterates Support for Tall Wood Building Construction

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 7, 2019

NLBMDA reiterated its support for tall wood building construction following approval a few weeks ago of 14 tall wood building code change proposals at the International Code Council (ICC) Public Comment Hearing (PCH) in Richmond, Virginia.

The proposed code changes, focused primarily on fire safety and building height, must still be voted on through the ICC’s Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV) that will start two weeks after the conclusion of the Public Comment Hearing. If the tall wood building proposals are approved through the online voting process, the changes will be incorporated into the ICC’s 2021 edition of the International Building Code (IBC).

The action taken at the ICC Public Comment Hearing comes as tall wood building construction is starting to make inroads in the United States. Earlier this year, Oregon became the first state to adopt language allowing for construction of tall wood buildings between eight and 18 stories.

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NLBMDA Honors Frank Moore with Distinguished Service Awrd

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 7, 2019
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) honored Frank Moore, Regulatory Counsel for NLBMDA, with the Distinguished Service award at the 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit in Chicago, Illinois last week.

 

 

Frank has served as NLBMDA Regulatory Counsel since 2008, when SmithBucklin began managing the association. Frank has worked as Government Relations Counsel for SmithBucklin since 1993.

NLBMDA members are familiar with Frank for his work on regulatory issues such as the OSHA Crane Rule, transportation safety, and labor and employment compliance. 
 
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NLBMDA Applauds President Trump's Signing of Workforce Development Legislation

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 12, 2018

 

NLBMDA applauds the action taken yesterday by President Trump to sign the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Both the House of Representatives and Senate passed the legislation, which reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act that provides federal support to state and local career and technical education (CTE) programs.The law provides $1.3 billion annually for CTE programs across the country.

 

To read our full press release, click here.

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Lawmakers Request Administration Officials Return to the Negotiating Table in Softwood Lumber Dispute

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 12, 2018

 

171 members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the United States (U.S.) Trade Representative, asking that the U.S. return to the negotiating table with Canada and redouble efforts to reach a new softwood lumber agreement. NLBMDA led the way in building support for the letter, and comes as lumber prices have reached record highs.

 

To read the entire press release, click here.

 

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NLBMDA Applauds Changes to Banking and Finance Laws

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 29, 2018

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds action taken by the White House and Congress to make needed changes to America’s banking and finance laws. The changes alleviate some of the regulatory constraints on community banks that have impeded a more robust housing and economic recovery. NLBMDA supports the changes and is a welcome development for the housing industry.

 

To read the full press releaseclick here.

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White House Extends Steel Tariff Exemptions for Canada, European Union, and Mexico

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 29, 2018

President Donald Trump has announced the United States (U.S.) is providing a 30-day extension exempting steel imports from Canada, European Union (EU) member countries, and Mexico from tariffs. The temporary exemption expires on June 1 and U.S. trade officials have said that there will not be any further short-term exemptions. The decision comes as the temporary exemptions were set to expire today.

 

To read the full advocacy alert, click here.

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NLBMDA Releases National Policy Agenda for 2018

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 29, 2018

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2018. The document brings focus to the common interests of the lumber and building industry and includes public policy goals for the continued success and growth of the nation's housing and building sector.

Click here to learn more and download the full 2018 agenda.

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