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On March 31, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) will hold its annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C., an event that puts lumberyard owners face to face with U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives. Dealers from around the country will meet with their elected officials over a two-day period to discuss issues that affect the LBM industry, such as the estate tax, green building initiatives and tort reform.
At the top of the agenda will be the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 989), a bill that would protect retailers named in product liability lawsuits. Originally introduced by the NLBMDA, the bill now has 58 congressional co-sponsors, including Democrats and Republicans.
In addition to lobbying efforts, the three-day event will include a luncheon and a dinner/auction. New this year is a green building forum, organized by the LBM Institute and the Green Building Advisory Council, both affiliated with the NLBMDA.