Advocacy

BIA is the only organization dedicated to specifically looking after the clay brick industry’s interests at the Federal, state and local levels. Whether it’s helping enact legislation on Capitol Hill, assisting members in compliance with Federal and/or state regulations, or enabling local governments to build quality neighborhoods, member dues support these initiatives.

Federal

With the leadership of several legislators on Capitol Hill, BIA and its members support legislative action that does not mandate overly-burdensome or costly regulations on our industry. Most brick manufacturers are categorized as small businesses, and it is critical that the industry’s compliance actions withstand judicial review without punitively obstructing the industry. On March 7, 2018, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan-supported BRICK Act (Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns). This legislation, sponsored by US Representative Bill Johson (R-OH-6) would delay the EPA’s Brick “MACT” rule until all judicial review has been completed – protecting businesses from undue costs. US Senator Joe Wicker, R-IN, has sponsored S. 2461, which is similar to the House bill.

For association members, BIA tracks a variety of legislation that may impact our industry. All information is monitored and updated frequently to ensure members have access to the most current information.

State

For association members, BIA tracks a variety of legislation that may impact our industry in specific states.  All information is monitored and updated frequently to ensure members have access to the most current information.



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Support Current Activities

To help ensure that the voice of the brick industry is heard by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and state capitals, everyone – regardless of membership status - can help!  Advocate for your industry, your beliefs or even your own economic interests by supporting the activities that have real consequences on our industry.

Local Planning Policies

Look at the communities that have stood the test of time — the neighborhoods that have kept their value, their beauty, and their charm long after the builder and/or developer has made their money from the project. Many of these desirable communities – if not most – probably have a lot of brick. Many community planners want to ensure that their neighborhoods today stand for quality, attractiveness and strength.  See how brick can help.