Springfield, Mo.-area CUs meet with key state lawmaker

August 28, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (8/28/15)--Missouri credit unions used CUNA’s Project Zip Code in gathering information for a meeting with the vice-chair of the Missouri Senate Financial Institutions Committee in Springfield, Mo., to discuss credit union-related issues, according to the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA).

Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Dist. 33) met Monday with nearly a dozen credit union leaders from the Springfield area to discuss issues and concerns affecting credit unions and their members. He joined advocates from BluCurrent CU, Springfield; CU Community CU, Springfield, Metro CU, Springfield, Mid Missouri CU, Fort Leonard Wood; TelComm CU, Springfield, and MCUA.


Representatives from Springfield, Mo.-area credit unions pose with Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Dist. 33) during a meeting Monday to discuss issues affecting credit unions and their members. Cunningham is vice-chair of the Missouri Senate Financial Institutions Committee. (Missouri Credit Union Association Photo)

The Senate Financial Institutions Committee handles most of the bills dealing with financial institutions and is a key committee for credit unions.

“This was a great opportunity to help strengthen our relationship with a key member of the Senate,” said Judy Hadsall, president/CEO of CU Community CU, who attended. “We shared some ideas about potential legislation for the 2016 legislative session and discussed the important role credit unions play serving the financial needs of our community.”

During the meeting, Johnny O’Hare, president/CEO of Mid Missouri CU, thanked Cunningham for “consistently introducing legislation that addresses concerns of credit unions and helps them better serve their members.”

Cunningham introduced bills addressing the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (SB 489) and electronic lien releases (SB 291) in the 2015 legislative session. Last year he sponsored a bill to prevent frivolous lawsuits from patent trolls (SB 706).

According to Project Zip Code more than 8,500 credit union members are in Cunningham’s district, MCUA said.

Project Zip Code counts credit union members and matches them by congressional district, state legislative district and county. The numbers are uploaded to CUNA’s Project Zip Code website and combined with nationwide credit union data. The data aids credit unions’ federal and state advocacy efforts and is useful for credit unions expanding their ATMs or shared branches.