The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released Jan. 23 its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2015.

The document emphasizes pro-growth initiatives and outlines the association's goal to strengthen and protect the lumber industry's small and multi-generational family-owned businesses while removing barriers to their success, including environmental regulations and unfounded/unfair lawsuits.

"Lumber and building material dealers play an important role in the building supply chain, and the health of the American economy depends in part on a strong residential housing market," said J.D. Saunders, NLBMDA chair and vice president of Economy Lumber in Campbell, Calif. "The [agenda] provides a common-sense, pro-growth framework that eliminates unnecessary regulatory burdens, creates jobs, and promotes sound fiscal policies needed for sustained economic expansion."

Among the many topics covered are the association's position on housing and construction; legal reform and consumer protection; the environment, health and safety; product supply and trade; energy; and transportation.

NLBMDA's 2015 National Policy Agenda will be distributed to members of Congress and key Administration officials. Association members will refer to the agenda when visiting their elected representatives during the NLBMDA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference March 23-25 in Washington, D.C. 

To read the complete document, click here.