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Legislative Affairs


Regulatory Reform: changes are needed to bring greater transparency to the rulemaking process and take into account their impact on the regulated community, especially small businesses. Click here to read the issue brief.

Renewal of U.S. – Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement: Renewal of a Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) between the United States and Canada is needed to allow for the continued stable product supply of framing lumber for retailers, home builders and consumers. Click here to read the issue brief.

Innocent Sellers Fairness Act: Protect building material dealers, distributors, and other retailers from unwarranted product liability lawsuits. Visit NLBMDA’s Legislative Action Center to contact your Representative in support of H.R. 1118. Click here to read the issue brief.

Estate Tax Repeal: NLBMDA encourages members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 631, S. 205), eliminating the estate tax and its impact on family-owned businesses. Click here to read the issue brief.

Timber Innovation Act: Introduced in the House and Senate (H.R. 1380, S. 538), the legislation promotes construction of taller wood buildings. Please visit the Timber Innovation website to learn more and send your lawmakers a message in support of taller wood buildings.



NLBMDA government relations staff periodically updates committees and the Board of Directors concerning ongoing advocacy efforts and public policy developments. Click here to view the most recent Issues Management Executive Report.



NLBMDA has developed a new guide making it easier for dealers to engage their lawmakers throughout the year. Click here to view the 2017 NLBMDA Grassroots Action Guide.



A great way to connect with your Representative or Senators is to invite them at your lumber yard to talk about your business and how legislative and regulatory issues affects you and your employees. This kit includes:

  • 10 Steps to a Successful Lumber Yard Tour
  • A Sample Invitation
  • A Sample Press Release
  • A Sample Thank You Letter
  • A Feedback Form

Click here to view the NLBMDA Guide to Hosting Successful Congressional Lumber Yard Tours



NLBMDA stands ready to work with policymakers on job creation and sound fiscal policies that will restore housing as the cornerstone of a strong economy. The National Policy Agenda provides an overview of the association’s positions and policy priorities for 2018.

Click here to download the 2018 NLBMDA National Policy Agenda




Regulatory issues can be found on their own page by clicking here.


Questions? Contact Ben Gann, Director of Legislative Affairs & Grassroots Activities at