Should the Lacey Act be amended? That was the subject of a pair of opposing guest blogs posted last month on Woodworking Network.
Brent McClendon, executive vice president of the International Wood Products Association, asserted in his Oct. 6 blog, “The Fight to Fix the Lacey Act Has Just Begun,” that that Lacey Act, while well intended, needs to be amended. According to McClendon, “Lacey’s critical shortcomings are well known by now, and the fixes are simple. You don’t have to look further than the Gibson Guitar case to see one glaring issue. According to the settlement, ‘The Government and Gibson acknowledge and agree that certain questions and inconsistencies now exist regarding the tariff classification’ of the ebony and rosewood fingerboard ‘blanks’ that were confiscated.”
Dana Cole, executive director of the Hardwood Federation, begged to differ in her Oct. 26 blog, “Why U.S. Woodworkers Should Support the Lacey Act.” Among her arguments, Cole stated, “The Lacey Act is important as it offers a fair and level playing field for U.S. workers negatively impacted by the flow of illegally harvested wood and wood products into the country.”
A much-anticipated vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to amend the Lacey Act was quietly scuttled in July.
What do you think? Does the century-old Lacey Act, as amended in 2008 to combat illegal logging, need to be amended again or is it good as is? Cast your vote and tell us why you believe one way or the other.
Blog: The Fight to Fix the Lacey Act Has Just Begun 10-6-12
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