With more than 200 credit union advocates in attendance, the 2018 Kansas Day at the Capitol was the largest event to date, and attendees even witnessed a historical moment.
Credit unions gathered in Topeka on Wednesday, Jan. 31 and the day began with Heartland Credit Union Association Advocacy staff briefing credit union advocates on issues impacting credit unions, sharing tips for talking with legislators and the agenda for the day.
Credit unions heard a panel discussion with Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine (R-Emporia), House Judiciary Chairman Blaine Finch (R-Ottawa), Senate Financial Institutions Ranking Minority Lynn Rogers (D-Wichita) and House Assistant Minority Leader Stan Frownfelter (D-Kansas City). All four legislators had a credit union connection to share. is chairman of Azura Credit Union’s board of directors.
Legislative visits were scheduled throughout the afternoon, as well as a question-and-answer session in the House Chamber with all three members of House leadership: Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman (R-Olathe), House Majority Leader Don Hineman (R-Dighton) and Speaker Pro Tem Scott Schwab (R-Olathe).
Discussions with legislators focused on the not-for-profit cooperative structure of credit unions, concern about the growing impact of data breaches, and garnering support for Senate Bill 292, which modernizes the portion of the State Credit Union Act pertaining to membership policies.
Kansas Day at the Capitol coincided with the swearing in of new governor Jeff Colyer. Coyler takes over as the 47th governor of Kansas following the resignation of Sam Brownback, who was recently appointed by President Trump as United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Credit unions had the opportunity to watch the ceremony.