THE VOTE to approve the CMU Checkoff is expected in 2020. Every manufacturer who makes concrete block would be eligible to register to participate in a referendum.
Passage requires a majority of the manufacturers voting in favor who also represent a majority of the machine cavities in operation of those manufacturers voting. The checkoff could also be terminated by the industry later by a similar referendum if visions are not achieved.
What is the process for the industry to adopt the checkoff?
Based on industry recommendations, the Department of Commerce will develop an Order that provides guidelines for running a compliant program and the process for a referendum. The industry will have an opportunity to provide public comment to the order prior to the referendum.
When would the referendum be held?
Timelines are not firm yet, but most likely it would be held sometime in 2020.
What is required to pass the referendum?
The Order establishing the checkoff becomes effective if approved by a majority of manufacturers voting who also represent a majority of the machine cavities in operation of those manufacturers voting in the referendum. Eligible voters are those that represent companies that have manufactured concrete masonry units within the 180 days prior to the start of referendum voting.
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