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Take Action – Ask Your Representative to Cosponsor Relief from Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Compliance

NLBMDA urges its members to take action by contacting their Representative and asking them to cosponsor 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.

The legislation has been introduced by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Greg Gianforte (R-MT), who are concerned that the ELD requirement is overly burdensome to small businesses with fleet operations and that more regulatory flexibility is needed.

Take Action - Ask Your Congressmen to Cosponsor and Approve the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act

NLBMDA urges its members to take action by contacting their Representative and Senators and asking them to cosponsor and approve the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act (H.R. 1398, S. 172). The legislation delays the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) on fully insured health care plans for 2020 and 2021.

Click here to read the complete legislative alert.

Lumber Talks Promotes National Ladder Safety Month

Listen to Lumber Talks, NLBMDA's public policy podcast, newest episode in support of National Ladder Safety Month! "Steps to Ensuring Ladder Safety" educates listeners on ladder safety in the workplace. Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO, is joined by Mike Van Bree, a proud member of the American Ladder Institute (ALI), to discuss ladder use best practices, training programs, and safety resources. Tune in on our website hereOur podcast series is also available on StitcherAnchorSoundCloudiTunes and Google Play. Check it out today!

NLBMDA Applauds House Introduction of Bill Delaying the Health Insurance Tax

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds action taken on Wednesday, February 27 by Reps. Ami Bera (D-CA), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Kenny Marchant (R-TX), and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) to introduce the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act (H.R. 1398, S. 172), which would delay the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) through 2021 and help lower health insurance premiums for small businesses.

“The HIT disportianately hurts small businesses who want to invest in the health and well-being of their employees,” said Jonathan Paine, President and CEO of NLBMDA. “NLBMDA is working on behalf of lumber dealers to help lower the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance.”

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2019 Legislative Conference to Discuss U.S. Trade Policy and USMCA

Join us from April 1 - 3, 2019 in Washington, D.C. for NLBMDA's Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference. This conference includes many opportunities to learn about key issues affecting the lumber and building material industry from Washington policy experts and political commentators. Ken Monahan, Director of International Economic Affairs Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers will analyze U.S. trade policy, identify the key decision makers, discuss the current state of play, and determine the possible effects of these changes to long-standing trade policy.

Click here for more information on this Featured Policy Session.


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