Your NLBMDA lobbying team and our volunteer leaders have been hard at work to gain support on Capitol Hill for Retailer Liability Relief that would limit your liability for products you sell. We have secured promises of support from a number of important leaders. Now, we need your help to garner additional supporters to drive our case home. To demonstrate the importance of achieving Retailer Liability Relief, we must secure as many co-sponsors as possible.

The 2006 Legislative Conference, April 3–5 in Washington, D.C., will provide the perfect opportunity for our industry to come together and advance our cause. If you have never attended a Legislative Conference, rest assured you will receive all the training and tools you need to lobby like a pro! The conference begins with a Washington Briefing Breakfast where you will hear about the latest issues affecting the housing industry from our keynote speaker. Then, NLBMDA lobbyists will brief you on our specific issues and talking points, before sending you off with peers from your state to meet with your representatives and key congressional staff on Capitol Hill.

Following your day of lobbying visits, we will have an opportunity to unwind and toast your successful meetings at our premier event, the LuDPAC Dinner. Visit our Web site,, to register today or contact me for more information. I look forward to seeing you in Washington this April!

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association represents more than 8,000 lumber and building material companies with more than 500,000 employees, 20 state and regional associations, and the industry's leading manufacturers and service providers. NLBMDA's member companies are the suppliers of builders in every state across the U.S.

Colleen Rocha Levine is director of legislative affairs for NLBMDA. 800.634.8645 E-mail: