Legislative Advocacy - Federal & State

Federal Level

National Advocacy

Close working relationship with NLBMDA on national issues that affect our industry.

National Leadership

Our very own Director, Scott Yates, has also been elected as LuDPAC Trustee (Lumber Dealers Political Action Committee).

National Agenda

Streamlining government regulations, reducing abusive lawsuits, and maintaining workforce flexibility.

Each Spring representatives from the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association head to Washington, DC to join lumber dealers from across the country to help educate the United States Congressmen and women and Senators on issues that impact our industry and your livelihood.

This year there were four primary areas of focus. Please click on each topic to download a pdf with more information:

  1. Estate Tax Repeal
  2. Preserve The Mortgage Interest Deduction
  3. Regulatory Reform
  4. Renewal of the U.S. – Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement

In addition, we always bring forward issues on beetle-kill, general forest health, multi-use of our forests, and other business and compliance issues that will impact how you do business.

Download the 2019 NLBMDA National Policy Agenda.

State Level

Strategic Plan

Advocacy, Member Resources & Services, Philanthropic Events, Communications, and Structure.

Legislation

Housing & construction policy; tax & economic policy; workforce policy; and product supply & trade.

Close Monitoring

From the Chamber of Commerce and BIPAC to State Congress to the State Senate.

In addition to being your advocate on federal legislative issues, the MSLBMDA is also active legislatively on behalf of our members on the state level – primarily in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. We do however monitor pertinent legislation in UT as well through our Employers Council partners. In NM and WY we work with the business chamber and the local BIPAC groups to help us keep tabs on what is happening in those states.

Each year, typically in February, the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association co-sponsors a Legislative Reception along with the Colorado Timber Industry Association and the Colorado-Wyoming Society of American Foresters. In this casual setting, we have the opportunity to meet with Senators and Congressmen/women from throughout Colorado to share our issues and concerns on a variety of forest health issues or any other issues that could impact our industry and your livelihood (ie: lien rights, construction defect, tax laws, etc.). We would encourage any of our CO members to join us at this event. It is a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with our elected officials while having the opportunity to share with them how various issues will directly affect you and your business.