CUNA and state credit union leagues are on the ground this week at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Chicago to demonstrate the credit union difference to more than 5,000 attendees. During the four-day summit, CUNA and the leagues will be advocating with state lawmakers on an array of topics, including taxation and data security.
“It’ll be a very busy and exciting week here in Chicago, and it’s an important way for CUNA and the state credit union leagues to highlight what we do interdependently in terms of state government advocacy," said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer.
If two-thirds of states in attendance approve policies that come out of NCSL’s 8 standing committees, the policies become part of the NCSL’s efforts to fight pre-emption of state laws by federal laws.
CUNA will be participating in meetings and sessions of the NCSL’s Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce committees, as well as the State and Local Taxation task force. CUNA’s goal during the meetings is to ensure no policies that come out of NCSL would harm credit unions.
CUNA and staff from several leagues will greet lawmakers at an America’s Credit Unions booth in the exhibit hall. Leagues represented at the booth include the Illinois Credit Union League, the Ohio Credit Union League, the Kentucky Credit Union League, the Minnesota Credit Union Network, Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, the Cornerstone Credit Union League, the Tennessee Credit Union League and the Credit Union Association of New Mexico.
Credit union fact sheets and high-tech giveaways will be distributed to booth visitors.
State lawmakers will see the America’s Credit Unions logo emblazoned on the shirts of conference volunteers and the conference registration bags, part of awareness efforts launched by CUNA, the American Association of Credit Union Leagues, Illinois credit unions and CUNA Mutual Group.