Materials with America's Credit Unions logos adorn the National Conference of State Legislatures' Legislative Summit. (America's Credit Unions Photo)

CUNA, leagues bolster CU presence with state policymakers in 2015

December 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (12/22/15)--CUNA, state leagues and credit unions complemented legislative victories in 2015 with higher visibility at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and a successful defense against retailers’ data security campaign.

CUNA, along with a coalition of state leagues, coordinated efforts to combat retailers’ efforts to organize a letter from state attorneys general urging faster chip-and-PIN implementation. CUNA and its coalition sent their own letter to the attorneys general urging them to refrain from signing the letter, and to withhold any support from retailers’ claims.

The letter also reiterated that mandating the use of PIN technology would far from eliminate fraud or single-handedly secure the payments system.

The retailer attorneys general letter was sent with only nine of a possible 56 signatures.

At this year’s NCSL Legislative Summit, CUNA joined the Northwest Credit Union Association, American Association of Credit Union Leagues, CUNA Mutual Group, Washington state credit unions and other leagues to raise awareness of the credit union movement. This was done through marketing and local media outreach efforts.

More than 900 state legislators from all 50 states, as well as more than 4,000 other attendees, had the opportunity to hear about credit union issues such as dual chartering, transportation network company insurance, payday lending and data security at the summit.

A number of attendees also engaged with CUNA and league staff at the America’s Credit Unions exhibit booth.

CUNA furthermore joined 1,300 other attendees at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting in July. At the meeting, CUNA engaged with legislative members of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.

CUNA also met with lawmakers at ALEC’s spring meeting and States and Nation Policy Summit.