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       Bills Introduced to
                                                                                                                                       The remaining officers include: president-
                                                                                                                                   elect, Michael Hydeck, MCR, CKBR of
                                                                                                                                   Hydeck Design Build in Telford, Pa.; vice
                                                                                                                                   president, Dean Herriges, MCR, CKBR of
                                                                                                                                   Urban Herriges & Sons Inc. in Mukwonago,

       Delay Lead Rule                                                                                                             Wis.; and secretary/treasurer, Fred Spaulding,
                                                                                                                                   CKBR, of Quality Home Improvements Inc.
                                                                                                                                   in Kingwood, Texas.

                 ills to delay implementation of the
         B       Environmental Protection Agency’s
                 (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and
                                                                                Consumer Financing                                 Cash for Caulkers Bill Passes House
                                                                                                                                       The U.S. House of Representatives on
        Painting Rule (LRRP) have been introduced                               GE Money and Champion                              May 6 passed the Home Star bill (H.R. 5019)
        in the U.S. House and the Senate.                                                                                          with a vote of 246 to 161. Also referred to
            The House bill (HR 5177) introduced on
                                                                                Windows Offer Credit                               as “cash for caulkers,” the legislation aims
        April 29, just a week after the new rule, would                             GE Money, the consumer lending Unit            to establish a rebate program to encourage
        postpone implementation until accreditation                             of General Electric Co., and Champion              consumers to buy energy-efficient appliances
        classes were held for a period of at least one                          Windows announced a multiyear agreement            and undertake energy efficiency home refur-
        year. The bill was referred to the Committee                            to offer consumer financing. The GE Money          bishments.
        on Energy and Commerce. A Senate version                                Home Design program enables homeown-                   Officially known as the Home Star
        was introduced on May 4 and was similarly                               ers to finance purchases from Champion’s           Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, the bill now
        referred to committee.                                                  line of products, including vinyl replace-         moves on to the Senate for consideration
            Previous to the LRRP implementa-                                    ment windows, entry doors, patio rooms             and debate.
        tion date, a number of building industry                                and siding. The program is managed by GE               The House bill establishes a new pro-
        groups, including the National Association                              Money’s Sales Finance Unit, which provides         gram that provides grants to homeowners
        of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National                                billions of dollars of consumer financ-            for weatherizing their homes. Two paths are
        Association of the Remodeling Industry                                  ing through more than 
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