PMI 2021 Virtual Legislative Forum
June 23, 2021
An impressive group of speakers presented critical information about pressing legislative and regulatory issues facing the plumbing manufacturing industry during the Plumbing Manufacturers International Virtual Legislative Forum.
Robert Dietz, Ph.D., chief economist and senior vice president of economics and housing policy at the National Association of Home Builders, provides an outlook on housing as the pandemic winds down. His presentation includes trends in home building, apartment housing and remodeling, as well as the impacts of supply and labor shortages, interest rates, and access to capital.
EPA, Environmental Policy and More
Janet M. Anderson, senior technology and policy advisor, Van Ness Feldman, presents on key federal policy proposals on climate and the potential impacts on plumbing manufacturers.
Jon Williams, partner and chair, and Anna G. Sullivan, associate, at PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group, provide updates on domestic sourcing requirements and their implications for plumbing manufacturers that are government contractors. They cover the Buy American Act and other made-in-America laws, compliance tips and strategies, and the Biden administration executive order, “Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.”
Keith Smith, senior vice president of public affairs and mobilization, National Association of Manufacturers, describes the latest developments on infrastructure legislation, including options for how to pay for it with corporate and individual taxes and how to pass it with narrow Democratic Party majorities in the House and Senate.
PMI California Legislative Forum and Fly-In
PMI members and staff gather at the California capital each year to meet with California legislators and regulators on issues pertaining to plumbing, water, and public health and safety. Agencies generally meeting with the PMI delegation include the California Building Standards Commission, California Department of Housing and Community Development, California Department of Water Resources, and California Energy Commission. Legislative staff interested in industry-related bills often welcome PMI members as well.