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Countervailing Duties Placed on Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced it is placing countervailing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada to the U.S. Levies ranging from 3 to 24 percent are being applied on softwood lumber from five Canadian companies. All other Canadian softwood lumber producers and exporters will pay a rate of 19.88 percent.

The action taken by the federal government is in response to a petition filed by the U.S. Lumber Coalition, a group representing American softwood lumber producers, alleging harm caused by unfair subsidies for the Canadian softwood lumber industry. The countervailing duties on Canadian imports are retroactive to January 25. A separate decision by the Department of Commerce on antidumping duties is scheduled for June 23.

Please click here view NLBMDA's full press release.

Building Gurus Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association announced today that Building Gurus is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.

Building Gurus is the premier retained executive search firm for residential building product manufacturers and distributors. Building Gurus works exclusively with privately held, often private equity backed building product companies that are poised for growth and are looking to position their business for scale or sale and need proven building products executives who can hit the ground running and add profit to the bottom line quickly.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

NLBMDA Files Comments in Support of Short Term Rental Exemption to ELD Rule

Today, NLBMDA has submitted comments in support of a petition filed by the Truck Renting and Leasing Association for an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate for short-term truck rentals.

NLBMDA supports this petition because of the undue burden the ELD Mandate would impose on dealers and others who will occasionally need to use short-term rentals to meet higher than expected demand or replace vehicles temporarily out of service.

Please click here to review NLBMDA's full press release.

Take Action: Meet with Your Lawmakers over Spring Break

Take action over the two-week congressional spring break by meeting with your members of Congress in the communities they represent. Congress is taking its traditional break around Easter and will be back home until April 24. Now is a great time to contact your local House and Senate offices and invite them to tour your lumberyard. NLBMDA staff and your regional association executive are happy to help in providing you with the tools you need to engage your elected officials during the extended break.

Please click here to read more and learn about advocacy activities you can engage in. 

NLBMDA Hosts Succesful Legislative Conference

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) hosted its 2017 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference last week, March 27-29. In addition to NLBMDA members meeting with congressional offices on Capitol Hill, other highlights of the meeting included political analysis from political commentator and author Matt Lewis, speeches at the Washington Briefing Breakfast by Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and a congressional reception in the Rayburn Congressional Office Building.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

Expansion of OSHA Recordkeeping Violations is Repealed

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds the repeal of OSHA's five-year look-back for recordkeeping violations. On April 3, President Donald Trump signed a congressional resolution repealing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that extended the statute of limitations from six months to five years regarding the length of time the agency could issue a citation for an employer's failure to record an injury or illness. NLBMDA worked with its industry partners, including the National Association of Manufacturers, to roll back the requirement.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

NLBMDA Signs Onto Congressional Letters Supporting Small Business Regulatory Reform

NLBMDA has signed onto a letter drafted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) that expresses industry support for the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act. The legislation would reform the regulatory process to ensure that all federal agencies appropriately consider the impact of their rules on small businesses across America. As a result, federal agencies would issue smarter regulations that minimize inefficiencies and unnecessary burdens while still protecting public health, worker safety, and the environment. NLBMDA has signed onto both the version sent to House leaders as well as the version sent to Senate leaders. 

Please click here to view the House version of the letter.

Please click here to view the Senate version of the letter. 

Congressman Farenthold Introduces Innocent Sellers Act

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds the reintroduction yesterday in the House of Representatives of the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1118). Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), the legislation provides product liability protection in certain circumstances for wholesalers and retailers - such  as lumber dealers - that merely sell products, and do not manufacture or alter them. Reps. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) are original cosponsors of the bill. Unfair and unfounded lawsuits disproportionately affect small business. According to a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, small businesses bear 81 percent of business tort liability costs. The legislation addresses this problem faced by lumber dealers. While state reforms have helped, a federal solution is important to ensure uniformity for suppliers who often operate in multiple states.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release.

NLBMDA Releases 2017 National Policy Agenda

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2017. The document brings focus to the common interests of the industry and includes policy goals for continued growth in the nation's housing and building industry. "Lumber and building material dealers continue to play an important role in furthering America's economic growth as part of the building supply chain and residential housing sector," said NLBMDA Chair George W. Lester II, Chairman and CEO of The Lester Group in Martinsville, Virginia. "The 2017 NLBMDA National Policy Agenda provides a common-sense, pro-business framework that eliminates unnecessary regulatory burdens, and promotes sound fiscal policies needed for sustained economic expansion."

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release.

NLBMDA Regulatory Update: New Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on November 14, 2016. The new form, referenced with its publication date 11/14/2016, will become mandatory on January 22, 2017, replacing the current form dated 03/08/2013. The new form is available in a new "smart" form version or standard PDF form here. The new form has a planned expiration date of August 31, 2019. According to USCIS, the "changes are designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer".

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full regulatory update.

NLBMDA Praises House Approval of the REINS Act

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praises the approval today of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 26) by a vote of 237 to 187 in the House of Representatives. The legislation increases accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process by requiring Congress to approve all major rules before taking effect. As part of the bill, a "major rule" means any rule, including an interim final rule, that the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget finds has resulted in or is likely to result in the following:

  • An annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
  • A major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, or local government agencies, or geographic regions; or

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release on this important legislation. 

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