As Congress returns after the August recess, one of CUNA’s top legislative priorities is advancing the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595/S. 1200), a bill that would provide protections to financial institutions serving legal cannabis-based businesses. Leagues and credit unions highlighted the bill during their summer advocacy with lawmakers, and with Congress back in session, CUNA will continue its engagement.
CUNA does not take a position on the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis legalization but supports the ability of credit unions to serve those businesses in states where it is legal.
Specifically, the SAFE Banking Act would:
Rachel Pross, chief risk officer for Maps CU, Salem, Ore., has testified in support of the SAFE Banking Act twice before Congress this year, in the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee.
Her testimony focused on the public safety issues that come along with not allowing these businesses to access financial services, as the current all-cash nature of these businesses is a target for criminals.
In addition to Congressional testimony, CUNA has detailed the need for the SAFE Banking Act in letters to multiple Congressional committees, including with the American Association of Credit Union Leagues and state Leagues. Similar support was shared by 38 state attorneys general.