Texas GAC attracts 'busloads' of CU reps to Austin

February 17, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (2/18/15)--Less than a month before CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C., this week credit union leaders from throughout Texas assembled in Austin for the state league's GAC.

Credit union representatives visit the offices of Texas state lawmakers during the Texas Governmental Affairs Conference this week. (Cornerstone Credit Union League Photo)

Attendees heard from a number of lawmakers who spoke about the state budget, data security, and more.  Further, all legislators expressed support for the credit union tax exemption.

There was an impressive the turnout for the event in general.

"The bankers come in with three or four people to talk about their issues, but when the credit unions show up, they bring three or four busloads," said Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van), chair of the pensions committee and financial services committee (Leaguer Feb. 17), about the credit union meetings with lawmakers.

Following a networking reception, State Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), chair of the agriculture, water and rural affairs committee, spoke about the state budget, water and open-carry gun issues.

Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound), chair of the investments and financial services committee, touched on his support for credit unions and said he intends to bring forth a piece of state data security legislation.

Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), chair of the calendars committee, stressed the importance of credit unions staying involved at the legislative level.

"Rep. Hunter made a really important point to our credit union folks at the GAC conference about how important it is from the perspective of a lawmaker that they take time to come to the Capitol to talk to the lawmakers about the issues of concern," Jeff Huffman, president of the Texas Credit Union Association, told Leaguer.

Huffman, along with Suzanne Yashewski, league senior vice president of regulatory and compliance, also briefed attendees on bills of interest that had been filed in the Texas Legislature this year.