WASHINGTON (8/25/14)--Hundreds of legislators from throughout the country were greeted with the sight of the credit union movement's milestone of reaching 100 million memberships as they attended the annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit.
Matt Coniglio, governmental affairs specialist, left, and Sheila Franklin, director of governmental affairs, Tennessee Credit Union League, catch up with Tennessee Rep. G.A. Hardaway (D-Memphis) at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit in Minneapolis.
Legislators learned about credit union advocacy from the Credit Union National Association, Minnesota Credit Union Network, the Cornerstone Credit Union League, the Kentucky Credit Union League, the Mountain West Credit Union Association, the Northwest Credit Union Association and the Tennessee Credit Union League.
At last week's NCSL summit in Minneapolis, credit union advocates shared the benefits of credit union membership and pointed out to lawmakers the number of credit union memberships in their respective states.
CUNA and league staff also attended policymaking meetings of state legislators to ensure that credit union interests were advanced and protected.
Mark Minickiello, vice president of legislative affairs, Northwest Credit Union Association, left, shares the news of 100 million credit union memberships with Washington Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle). (CUNA Photos)
"State legislative advocacy is critical to credit unions, since state laws impact both state- and federally chartered credit unions," said Richard Dines, CUNA assistant vice president of state and league affairs. "Also, about half of the U.S. Congress is comprised of former state legislators, so the relationships built in the Statehouse translate to valuable relationships in the U.S. Capitol."
CUNA and league staff wore T-shirts bearing the 100 million memberships logo and referred attendees to asmarterchoice.org for more information about credit unions.
Earlier in the month, CUNA and league representatives attended the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Dallas. Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation staff spoke to attendees about the role of credit unions in providing financial education to their communities.