ST. PAUL, Minn. (3/20/14)--A contingent of Minnesota credit union leaders, 200 strong, descended upon St. Paul last week for the Minnesota Credit Union Network's 2014 Credit Union Day at the Capitol event.
Minnesota Capitol reporters detail legislative stories they plan to cover this year at the Minnesota Credit Union Network's 2014 Credit Union Day at the Capitol event, held last week. (Minnesota Credit Union Network photo)
The day serves as an opportunity for credit union leaders and advocates to meet with lawmakers and attend educational sessions focused on the industry.
"Credit Union Day at the Capitol is a great opportunity for us to share our stories directly with elected officials," said Mara Humphrey, MCUN vice president of governmental affairs. "This event allows us to show them how credit unions directly benefit their constituents and all Minnesotans."
Minnesota Speaker of the House Paul Thissen (D-Minneapolis) and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) headlined the event, each speaking about their priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
Education sessions highlighted grassroots advocacy for credit unions and pertinent 2014 legislative activity. "The Crew"--a networking group focused on credit union employees age 35 and younger--sat in with Rep. Joe Radinovich (D-Crosby) to learn about politics in general and the motivations people have to run for public office.
Radinovich also spoke about the efforts of credit unions, citing that they were "local, community institutions that are trusted."
Attendees heard from a panel of Capitol reporters as well. Each offered insight about issues they were following in the Minnesota Legislature and each spoke to connections they've had with credit unions.
Finally, advocates headed to the Capitol to meet with local legislators either to vocalize the benefits of credit unions in local communities or to relay the industry's opposition to a proposed bill that would require mandatory mediation in foreclosure proceedings.