CU modernization addressed at Neb. league’s Jam the Unicam

February 26, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (2/26/16)--Politics, modernization and the regulatory environments were among the hot topics at the Nebraska Credit Union League’s annual conference earlier this month.

At the Jam the Unicam event, which refers to the state’s unicameral legislature, Gov. Pete Ricketts thanked credit unions for serving the state’s consumers, shared his legislative priorities and offered a State of the State overview.


Click image to enlarge. Attendees of the Jam the Unicam took advantage of networking opportunities. (Nebraska Credit Union League Photo)

This year’s other speakers focused on elections, state legislation and the state and federal regulatory environment.

Randy Adkins, associate dean of the University of Nebraska-Omaha Arts and Sciences Department, broke down the trends of past national elections and what those trends might reveal about the November elections.

League lobbyists Julia Plucker and Brandon Luetkenhaus provided a state legislative session update and previewed several bills of importance to credit unions. Among the bills in play for Nebraska credit unions:

  • LB 676--Provides parity for state-chartered credit unions with federally chartered credit unions;
  • LB 751--Eliminates the requirement that the state Department of Banking send out branch notifications to area financial institutions when a new branch application has been received; and
  • LB 759--Allows for stop-payment orders to be submitted electronically.

Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee Chair State. Sen. Jim Scheer (R-Norfolk) also discussed legislative developments related to financial services. He introduced an interim study this session that will look for ways to modernize both the state credit union and bank acts. He expects a working group of interested parties to meet throughout the interim to work on modernizing both acts.

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Director Mark Quandahl discussed the challenges created by retirements within the department, which is now cross-training examiners to avoid staffing shortfalls.

Keith Morton, National Credit Union Administration Region IV director, discussed other regulatory hot topics, including cybersecurity, interest-rate risk, and Truth in Lending Act-Real Estate Settlement Procedures regulation. Attendees expressed concern with the rising costs of complying with regulations.