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Legislative Advocacy

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Federal Government Affairs

California and Nevada's voice in Washington D.C. The Leagues are the only Leagues with a full time staff dedicated to working with Congress, Government Agencies, and Federal Regulators. The resources in this area will help you keep informed of the latest developments and credit union priorities.

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State Government Advocacy efforts brings the voice of credit unions to Sacramento and Carson City. Our advocacy team works daily with elected officials, staff, the executive offices, gubernatorial appointees, and the decision-makers of California and Nevada. This area will keep you updated on all advocacy efforts at the state level of Government.

From the Editors of CU Weekly

Sharon Lindeman, Vice President of Regulatory Advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
updated 07/29/13 03:45 PM
Highlights Concerns, Recommendations
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have submitted a comment letter to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) on the agency's proposed derivatives rule.

"While the Leagues support a derivatives program for the purpose of hedging interest rate risk (IRR), we have heard from a number of credit unions concerned with the potential precedent-setting fee system proposed in the rule, as well as questioning whether the rule is too restrictive to be a viable IRR mitigation tool," said Sharon Lindeman, vice president of regulatory advocacy for the Leagues.

The Leagues’ letter echoes these concerns with the proposal, and several others, and it also makes recommendations for improvement. The Leagues strongly oppose the imposition of any application fees and supervision and/or examination fees to maintain a derivatives program.

The Leagues also expressed concern that the proposed investment and duration limitations are too constraining, do not provide the capacity for hedging interest rate risks, and will ultimately deter credit unions from participating in such a limited derivatives program. Instead, the Leagues recommend that investment and duration limitations be set by a credit union’s board-approved derivatives policy.

These are just two of the issues raised in the Leagues’ comment letter. Credit unions are invited to review the letter.

The Leagues and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) comment to the NCUA and other regulators on behalf of member credit unions.

"We also strongly encourage credit unions to submit comment letters to the regulators as well," Lindeman said. "It is their voices that will make a difference."

In the latest NCUA Report, Board Member Michael Fryzel said, “I expect many comments from the trade organizations, but what I am really interested in are comments from any stakeholders who would be affected by this rule directly."

Credit unions can use PowerComment to find up-to-date and easily digestible information on current proposed rules; participate in discussion boards with other PowerComment users and the Leagues’ staff to increase their understanding of proposed rules; and write comment letters to regulators and immediately submit them. Use PowerComment today to let your voice be heard!

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Talking Points
If your credit union would like talking points for an issue, such as member business lending (MBL) or supplemental capital, the Leagues' Consumer Advocacy Department can develop one to suit your particular needs. Please contact Public Affairs and Consumer Advocacy Specialist Tina Ramos-Ingold at tinar@ccul.org, or by phone at 909-212-6050.