CMU Check-off Legislation Referred to Senate Committee
JUNE 11, 2015:Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) has reintroduced the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act (bill number S1524). The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and is unchanged from the previous version of the bill which was passed by the committee in the previous Congress. The text of the legislation is also consistent with the companion House version of the bill, HR985 (below) which was introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky) and referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill would authorize the concrete masonry industry to consider through referendum whether to establish a commodity check-off program to be overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
CMU Check-off Legislation Reintroduced in New Congress
FEBRUARY 26, 2015: Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) has reintroduced the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act into the 114th Congress. The language of bill number HR-985 is largely identical to that of the bill considered in the last Congress, which provides authorization for the industry to conduct a referendum for establishing a commodity check-off program for concrete masonry products.
Kathy Castor (D-FL) again serves as the minority lead co-sponsor on the bill, which again has been referred to the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee and the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Initiative spokesperson Major Ogilvie said “This approach provides us the best opportunity to fairly and effectively advance the use of concrete masonry as a modern building material. We made great headway in educating members of the last Congress, securing 267 co-sponsors. I believe that hard work will translate into passage this year.”