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NLBMDA Announces Meagan Johnson as Keynote Speaker for the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit

NLBMDA is excited to announce that Meagan Johnson will be a featured speaker at the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit in Phoenix. Meagan is a Generational Humorist for the Johnson Training Group, where she challenges her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. 

The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive, three-day educational and networking forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices with leaders in the industry in a relaxed, three-day format that encourages networking and personal interaction. Click here to access the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit webpage.

Click here to view NLBMDA's full press release.

OSHA & DOT Officials to Address Attendees at the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit! 

We are excited to announce that Jessie Atencio, Assistant Director for the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) will address attendees! Mr. Atencio oversees all cooperative state program activities which include Alliances, Partnerships, Consultation Project and Outreach training. Work conducted by his team helps promote health and safety awareness in Arizona.

In addition, Trooper Dan Voelker, Master Instructor for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Training Center will be speaking at this year’s ProDealer Industry Summit. Trooper Dan Voelker will provide insights only a seasoned inspector can share.  Attendees will learn about common issues he and other safety inspectors find with flatbed trucks in general and with those carrying lumber and building materials in particular.  Tpr. Voelker will also share lessons learned from the cargo securement focus of  Roadcheck 2017, and most importantly, give us information we can use in our effort to be safe and be compliant on the roads and highways.

Learn more about Jessie Atencio and Trooper Dan Voelker!

NLBMDA Files Comments In Response to Department of Labor’s 2016 Over Time Rule 

NLBMDA filed comments last week in response to the US Department of Labor’s Request for Information (RFI) regarding the 2016 final overtime rule.  That rule was ruled invalid in August of this year after having been subject to a year-long injunction to enforcement handed down by a US District Court judge in Texas.  The RFI, issued before the court concluded the rule was invalid, included 11 specific questions regarding the salary level thresholds and the duties tests. 

You can find our comments on NLBMDA’s Regulatory Affairs’ Labor and Employment webpage, or click here to read now.

NLBMDA Files Comments in Response to OSHA’s Proposal to Delay Certification Requirements for Crane Operators

NLBMDA filed comments in response to OSHA’s proposal to delay the certification requirements for crane operators for an addition year to November 17, 2018.  Certification requirements were established in the 2010 final crane rule, but were delayed for three years after the initial 2014 phase-in to November 17, 2017.  The delay reflected concerns raised about the certification requirements, and in particular, whether certification by third parties is an adequate assurance of operator competence.  During this period of delay, employers continue to be required to ensure employees are competent to safely operate the crane equipment and to provide training to all crane operators.  Lumber dealers operate under the material delivery exemption in the rule, which NLBMDA won during development of the final rule. 

You can find our comments and guidance material on NLBMDA’s Regulatory Affairs’ OSHA Regulations webpage, under OSHA Crane Rule, or click here to read our comments now.  You will also find our guidance material on the same webpage, or you can go directly to Complying with the OSHA Rule: Use of Articulating or Knuckle Boom Cranes to Deliver Materials to Construction Sites and Complying with the OSHA Crane Rule: Use of the Articulating Boom Crane for Delivering Materials to the Construction Site: Operator Check List.

Republicans Release Tax Reform Framework

Last week, the Trump Administration, House Committee on Ways and Means, and Senate Committee on Finance released a framework that would make major changes to the federal tax code. For its part, on Friday, the Senate Budget Committee released a budget resolution draft that would allow any tax cuts to increase the federal deficit by up to $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Congressional Republicans are expected to use the budget reconciliation process as the legislative vehicle for tax reform. That would permit the Senate to bypass certain procedural hurdles and allow a simple majority to approve a tax overhaul package.

Click here to read NLBMDA’s Legislative Alert on the tax reform framework.

Limited Edition NLBMDA 100th Anniversary Lapel Pins Available

This year, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) celebrates its 100th Anniversary as our association continues to grow and our industry continues to prosper. NLBMDA's anniversary coincides with the return of pro-business governance to our nation's capital and in many states across the country. Electoral victories in 2016, and continued success in 2017, as well as movement to repeal burdensome regulations, has improved the legislative and regulatory outlook for the lumber and building material industry.

In order to continue this positive momentum, NLBMDA is officially launching a new effort to support Lumber Dealers Political Action Committee (LuDPAC). Now when you make a contribution of $50 or more to the LuDPAC, NLBMDA will send you a limited edition 100th Anniversary Commemorative Pin. (while supply lasts)

Please click here to learn more and donate today!

NLBMDA Praises Reintroduction of Resilient Federal Forests Act

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praises the introduction of the Resilient Federal Forests Act by (H.R. 2936) Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR). The legislation helps protect the national forest system by implementing best practices intended to lessen the threat of wildfires. Original cosponsors for the bipartisan bill include Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Scott Tipton (R-CO).

NLBMDA urges its members to take action by contacting their Representative and asking them to pass the Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R 2936). Please take action and ask your Representative to allow for greater sustainable harvesting of federal forests by passing the Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2936).

If you have any questions, please contact Ben Gann at ben@dealer.org.

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

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