To enable concrete masonry products manufacturers to establish, finance, and carry out a coordinated program of research, education, and promotion to improve, maintain, and develop markets for concrete masonry products.

Introduced in House
Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2017

This bill directs the Department of Commerce to issue orders applicable to U.S.
manufacturers of concrete masonry products. Any such order must provide for the
establishment of a Concrete Masonry Products Board to carry out a program of
generic promotion, research, and education regarding concrete masonry products.

An order must also provide that assessments be paid by concrete masonry product
manufacturers for concrete masonry products manufactured and marketed in the
United States. At least 50% of the assessments paid by a manufacturer must be
used to support research, education, and generic promotion programs and projects
in support of the geographic region of the manufacturer. 

During the 60-day period preceding the proposed effective date of an order,
Commerce shall conduct a referendum for order approval among manufacturers

The bill allows petition and review of an order, and order enforcement through
U.S. district courts

The bill requires a study and a report by: (1) the Government Accountability
Office on how the board spends assessments collected, the impact of board
activities, and other matters relating to the demand for concrete masonry
products; and (2) Commerce on the appropriateness and effectiveness of applying
the commodity check-off program model to a nonagricultural industry.



  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

    Feb 17th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

    Feb 14th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 14th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 14th, 2017