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Congressman lined up for LegCon

BY HBSDealer Staff

The upcoming Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference hosted by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association leans heavily on in-person meetings with elected officials. It will also welcome voices from the halls of power to address attendees with insights from inside Washington.

As previously reported, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) will address the conference during a breakfast keynote. Also speaking will be Congressman David Young (R-IA).

NLBMDA’S Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference is taking place from March 19 – 21, 2018 at The Wink Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Young began his political career working as a legislative and policy aide in Iowa and on Capitol Hill. He initially served the people of Iowa as Chief of Staff to Senator Chuck Grassley.

Now in his second-term representing Iowa’s third district, Rep. Young serves on the House Appropriations Committee. His subcommittee assignments include Agriculture, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Financial Services and General Government.

According to his bio, “The congressman is driven to fix problems, and is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 48 members of Congress equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. His mission is to make government more efficient, effective, and accountable.”

The agenda includes several opportunities to learn about key issues affecting the lumber and building material industry from Washington policy experts and political commentators. The event will culminate with a day for attendees to conduct in person meetings with their elected officials in Congress. For more information visit www.leg-con.org.

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NLBMDA taps Iowa senator for LegCon

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An upcoming conference of lumber dealers in the nation’s capital will include a presentation from Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). She will be a featured speaker at the Washington Briefing Breakfast during the 2018 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference.

Ernst is not only the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the state of Iowa, she’s also the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the U.S. Senate. In Washington, Ernst serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

“Sen. Ernst is focused on growing a vibrant economy and ensuring the government runs effectively and efficiently, which means cutting out-of-control spending, reducing taxes, eliminating harmful regulations and balancing the budget,” said the NLBMDA, in the announcement of her participation in the event.

Early bird registration for the conference ends Feb. 23. For more information. The conference swings into action with visits to Capitol Hill and federal agencies March 19-21.

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NHRLA reveals 2018 legislative priorities

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The New Hampshire Retail Lumber Association (NHRLA) recently announced its 2018 legislative priorities during an annual breakfast at the New Hampshire State House.

A record attendance of nearly 200 state legislators came to the event where NHRLA members discussed concerns regarding mandated scheduling requirements and compensation for earned, but unused work time. Additionally, NHRLA members advocated for the passage of asbestos trust transparency legislation that will help provide more disclosure between asbestos trusts claims and tort actions.

“For 90 years, the NHRLA has been advocating for independent lumber dealers, and associated businesses in New Hampshire,” said Dan Keith, general manager of Selectwood in Portsmouth, N.H. and NHRLA Legislative Committee Chair. “Today, we’re here advocating, not just for the lumber and building material industry but, for all small businesses which hope to be successful in N.H.”

NHRLA’s 68 member locations represent independent lumber and building material dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and other associated businesses in the state of New Hampshire. The lumber and building materials industry employs nearly 17,500 New Hampshire residents.

Founded in 1928, NHRLA is one of fourteen state and local associations across the Northeast associated with the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA).

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