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News & Views
Rita Ferris, NRLA president
Let’s get one thing straight: Legislative and regulatory work is difficult, and it’s a long-term
venture, but this albatross could also achieve goals beyond our wildest dreams.
Associations are built to accomplish as a group what no individual business can alone. Think
about it. The merits of a bill and the number of businesses, and employees voicing their concerns
are what drives change. Fortunately, NRLA has been successful on many fronts. Successes on
industry-specific issues, such as strengthening the Lien Law, increasing small claims limits, and
paying the sales tax when payment is received rather than in advance, are just a few tangible
examples of burdens lifted because of the lobbying activity of the membership.
On the federal level, NRLA and your state and local associations have partnered with the
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) to lobby for you daily.
Over the years, victories were won in class action lawsuit reform, Estate Tax reform, the U.S.-
Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement, and Chapter 13 bankruptcy reform, which included a
provision to make debt owed to building material suppliers non-dischargeable if the purchaser
took funds intended for one project and spent them on another.
We can’t overlook the value of laws and regulations that didn’t happen. Some can be easily
quantified, such as thwarted increases in the minimum wage or paid sick leave. Many others,
such as a proposal to restrict the use of light-frame construction in multifamily and multi-use
construction and proposals to weaken the Lien Law, are more difficult to put a price tag on.
There is, and always will be, work to do on the legislative front, but fortunately, our members have a
great d al of support. NRLA’s Dir ctor of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Jeff Keller and Manager
of Government Affairs Ashley Ranslowwork with NRLA’s eight legislative committees and lobbyists
to protect your interests. Additionally, the president of the NLBMDA, Jonathan Paine, and his staff
work on your behalf every day. As great as they are (and they really are great), the legislative team
is only successful because of you. NRLA members active on the legislative front have brought the
power of the vote, industry expertise, and relevance needed to engage legislators.
Our work continues today as we fight to seek regulatory reform and influence at least a dozen
unique state legislative and regulatory issues. With your collective voice we will continue to reach
legislators and impact policies in your state and across the country.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you,
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