Winter weather couldn’t keep credit union advocates from Jefferson City on Feb. 6 for Missouri Credit Union Day at the Capitol. From introductions on the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives floor to a legislative reception welcoming lawmakers from districts across Missouri--it was a jam-packed day.
Credit union leaders heard from Scott Faughn, host of “This Week in Missouri Politics” and publisher of The Missouri Times, who gave a look at the state of the legislature, elections ahead, and the impact credit union advocates can make by participating in the political process and visits with lawmakers.
More than 80 attendees spent the day sharing the credit union message with their state representatives and senators. The credit union voice was so loud that it earned media coverage that same day.
A new addition to the agenda had leaders of the House Financial Institutions Committee, Chairman Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfiled) and Ranking Minority Member Mary Nichols (D-Maryland Heights), addressing the group. These two veteran lawmakers, who are in their final year serving in the Missouri House, provided an inside look at the committee and how it operates, serving in the state legislature, and challenges facing lawmakers.
Fraker and Nichols took multiple questions and advised credit unions to develop relationships with their state representatives and senators.
“Don’t think twice about calling or emailing me--I want to hear from my constituents,” said Nichols. “I like the emails. I like the phone calls. I like the visits.”
They noted that following up with legislators is key because of the sheer volume of bills, it’s important to hear from people at home and the real impact a proposed bill could have.
“We appreciate all of the credit union leaders who braved the unpredictable weather to take part in Day in the Capitol and made their voices heard with our lawmakers,” said Amy McLard, HCUA executive director of advocacy. “But the impact and effort continues long after this day. Even if you weren’t able to come to Day at the Capitol, we encourage you to reach out to your lawmakers and let them know that we are watching and care about their actions that could affect credit unions and the members we serve.”