OKLAHOMA CITY (3/28/16)--State legislators and policymakers informed Oklahoma credit unions about statewide issues and credit union-specific topics during the recent Oklahoma Governmental Affairs Conference in Oklahoma City.
The two-day conference concluded with a legislative breakfast at the state Capitol, with a record number of legislators on hand to discuss issues important to Oklahoma credit unions.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb addressed attendees, providing insight into the current legislative session and emphasized the importance of credit union advocates being actively involved in the legislative process (Leaguer March 24).
Current budget negotiations and the state’s current fiscal status were discussed by Secretary of State Finance Preston Doerflinger.
Jim Phelps, Cornerstone Credit Union League senior vice president of advocacy, and Oklahoma Association President Nate Webb covered league advocacy efforts and provided an update on the progress of priority credit union bills.
The Oklahoma Credit Union Political Action Committee (PAC) also drew record numbers to its dinner held during the state GAC. Said Webb: "It means interest in a vibrant PAC is vital to our advocacy success. It is very encouraging to see so many Oklahoma credit union professionals willing to roll up their sleeves and do what needs to be done to enjoy continued success."
The PAC presented the Legislator of the Year award to State Rep. Randy Grau (R-Edmond) for being “particularly receptive and helpful in advancing the credit union cause.” Tim Lyons, president/CEO, of TTCU The Credit Union, Tulsa, received the Troy Higgins Award, presented annually to one person who displayed an exemplary commitment to advocacy.