State legislators, Mich. CUs connect during 1-on-1 visits
April 2, 2015
LANSING, Mich. (4/3/15)--Michigan credit union leaders put in quality face time with a number of state lawmakers recently to impress upon them the importance of their support for credit union issues.
Rep. Anthony Forlini, chair of the Michigan House Financial Services Committee, visited Central Macomb Community CU recently to check out the credit union's operation. (Michigan Credit Union League Photo)
Rep. Anthony Forlini (R-Harrison Township) stopped by Central Macomb Community CU, Clinton Township, to take a tour of the credit union's headquarters (Monitor March 30).
Guided by Drema Isaac, Central Macomb president/CEO, Forlini visited the various departments of the credit union and learned about the associated issues facing each area.
A group of credit union executives joined the tour, including Brad Kress, vice president of lending, and Steven Andrews, president/CEO, Motor City Co-Op CU, Clinton Township; Steve Brewer, chief financial officer, and Deborah Farney, vice president of retail sales, Michigan Schools and Government CU, Clinton Township; and Vicki McIntosh, president/CEO, Belle River Community CU, Casco.
In the finance department, for example, the group talked about overdraft protection, fraud protection, accounting reviews and the examination process. And in the main lobby, Central Macomb Community CU leaders outlined their efforts in bringing financial literacy to the community.
The Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) continues to work with Forlini, who serves as House Financial Services Committee chair, on a variety of issues, including revisions to the Michigan Credit Union Act.
The Downriver Chapter of MCUL, meanwhile, welcomed a number of state lawmakers to a legislative breakfast recently. They included Reps. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park), Paul Clemente (D-Lincoln Park) and Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor).
The state legislators discussed issues such as state solutions to data breaches, the principal residence tax exemption on foreclosed properties and regulatory relief.