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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 Supports Congressional Action Providing Relief from ELD Compliance

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 21, 2019
  
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) supports action taken this week by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Greg Gianforte (R-MT) to introduce the Small Carrier Electronic Device and Exemption Act (H.R. 1697), which would exempt businesses that operate 10 or fewer commercial trucks from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) requirement.
 
“NLBMDA recognizes Reps. Peterson and Gianforte for their leadership in reducing regulatory red tape for small businesses operating commercial trucks,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “Passage of the legislation is a priority for the Association in the 116 th Congress.”
 

To read the complete press release, click here.

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NLBMDA Releases 2019 National Policy Agenda

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2019. 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.
 
NLBMDA's 2019 National Policy Agenda is being distributed to members of Congress and key Administration officials, and will be used by NLBMDA members when they visit their members of Congress during the NLBMDA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference  on April 1-3 in Washington, D.C.
 
NLBMDA’s 2019 National Policy Agenda can be downloaded here

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NLBMDA Releases 2018 Year in Review

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 8, 2019

As the new year begins, NLBMDA has taken the opportunity to look back on last year's most notable highlights in the 2018 Year in Review. Thanks to your support, there's a lot to be celebrated! Make sure to share the complete review with your colleagues. 

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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Injury and Illness Reporting

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on January 24 that it has issued a final rule that eliminated the requirement for businesses with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information for OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to the Agency each year. OSHA states that the final rule will allow the Agency to improve enforcement targeting and compliance assistance, protect worker privacy and safety, and decrease burden on employers. The rule takes effect on February 25, 2019.

Collection of calendar year 2018 information for OSHA Form 300A is currently underway. The deadline for electronic submissions is March 2, 2019. For more information on current requirements and to submit your company’s data, click here.To determine whether your business must still submit information, read the complete advocacy alert here.

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NLBMDA Chairman Sanford Encourages Strong Attendance at the Spring Meeting ​

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 21, 2019
The midterm elections shifted the political landscape in Washington with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives and Republicans keeping control of the Senate. With divided government in 2019, both parties are mapping out their legislative agendas on issues such as housing, infrastructure, taxes, and trade policy.
 
With so much at stake, and so many opportunities to advance our issues, we invite you to join us for our annual Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

To read the complete message, click here.

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Lumber Talks Releases New Episode: "Understanding the Crane Rule"

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lumber Talks, NLBMDA's public policy podcast, has released its second episode! Listen to our January episode, "Understanding the Crane Rule, Part 1", on our websiteBen Gann, NLBMDA's Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs, sits down with Frank Moore, former Regulatory Counsel for NLBMDA. The two discuss the certification requirements for the revised OSHA Crane Rule and dive deep into the evolution of the rule and what it means for dealers today.

Click here to learn more about Lumber Talks! We are also available on StitcherAnchorSoundCloud and Apple Podcasts.

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2019 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference Announces Jake Sherman as Luncheon Speaker

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 21, 2019

NLBMDA’s 2019 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference is being held from April 1 – 3 at the Wink Hotel in Washington, D.C.. This conference includes many opportunities to learn about key issues affecting the lumber and building material industry from Washington policy experts and political commentators. The event will culminate with a day for you to conduct in-person meetings with your elected officials in Congress, making your voice heard on Capitol Hill. From main stage keynote presentations to policy discussions and networking sessions, you won’t want to miss a minute of this program. Make sure to register here before March 4!

    

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NLBMDA Announces Ask the Experts Program

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 14, 2019

NLBMDA is excited to announce the launch of its Ask the Experts program! The association's new program provides members with the easiest possible way to take advantage of its resources and network. 

This Members Only program leverages NLBMDA's network of experts and government relations team to assist members who are looking for advice, guidance and/or technical expertise on matters related to federal code, regulatory and legislative issues.

To submit a question to "Ask the Experts" simply email us directly at AskTheExperts@Dealer.org. It is that easy! NLBMDA staff will leverage its network to address your questions and connect you with those that can better assist you.

As the program grows, we will start to incorporate popular questions into our newsletters and podcast episodes. Make sure to submit your inquiries to be featured.

 

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NLBMDA Vows to Work with New Congress

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 14, 2019
 
 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) vows to work with lawmakers in the 116th Congress on advancing the public policy priorities of the lumber and building material industry. On January 3, a new class of Representatives and Senators were sworn-in to start the new two-year congressional cycle. There are many fresh faces in the 116th Congress with 92 new representatives and 9 new Senators.
 
As a new era of divided government begins, NLBMDA plans outreach to both Republicans and Democrats. Lawmakers should build on recent changes to the tax code and reduction of burdensome regulations to ensure the continued health of the residential construction sector. Follow this link for the list of issues NLBMDA plans to engage lawmakers on in the new Congress.

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Tune into "Lumber Talks", NLBMDA's New Public Policy Podcast

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 31, 2019

NLBMDA is excited to announce its new podcast, Lumber Talks, has launched its first episode! We hope this platform provides our members with ample learning opportunities and a new way to engage with NLBMDA and the LBM industry at large.

This podcast provides a mixture of content and analysis of the issues impacting the LBM industry, along with engaging interviews with industry leaders, experts and analysts that will provide unique perspectives on the industry today.

Click here to listen to our first episode! We are also available on StitcherAnchorSoundCloud and Apple Podcasts.

Make sure to tune in every 3rd Thursday of the month for a new episode! Our next release will be on January 17, 2019. If you have any suggestions for episode content, technical issues or would like to be featured please reach out to kiersten@dealer.org.
 

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