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Legislative Advocacy

Your Credit Union, Your Voice, Your Impact
The Leagues' Government Affairs team works diligently in Sacramento, Carson City, and Washington, D.C. We promote credit unions' legislative agenda, review hundreds of bills each year, and provide credit union leaders with opportunities to meet with legislators. Please take part in these essential advocacy efforts. (Continue to meet the staff...)
 
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.

State Advocacy

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

L-R: Sharon Lindeman, Vice President of Regulatory Advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; Rick Metsger, Board Member for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA); and Lucy Ito, Executive Vice President and COO of the Leagues
MATZ AND METSGER ADDRESS CU LEADERS
updated 03/03/14 12:59 PM
Risk-Based Capital Proposal Discussed
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues hosted exclusive meetings with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz and Board Member Rick Metsger during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference last week—both well-attended sessions.

Credit union leaders from California, Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida heard directly from Matz and Metsger on several topics. Topping the discussion list was NCUA’s current risk-based capital proposal.

Matz acknowledged the proposed examiner authority to impose higher capital requirements for individual credit unions is a concern, and said she welcomes comments from credit unions on this and other components of the proposal.

Metsger also recognized that NCUA needs credit unions’ input on the proposal and said the agency will listen to all comments received. He said there will be changes between the proposed and final rules, and that “there is a lot of work to be done.”

The current comment deadline for the risk-based capital proposal is May 28.

Last week, CUNA and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) issued a joint letter to NCUA calling for an additional 90 days to comment on the risked-based capital proposal, which would extend the comment period to 180 days.

In conjunction, the Leagues are urging all credit unions to comment on the proposed rule and continue to be prepared to comment by May 28. The Leagues will keep credit unions informed of any deadline changes.

PowerComment Announcement
During Monday’s general session at GAC, the Leagues and CUNA announced a partnership to take PowerComment national, empowering all credit unions across the country to take a stand against regulatory burdens.

PowerComment is currently available to all League-affiliated credit unions in California and Nevada and is being piloted by several other credit union leagues. When it is rolled out nationally, it will be available to all CUNA-affiliated credit unions. It is a simple, highly-interactive online tool created by the Leagues in 2013 to help credit unions engage with agencies on key issues. Users have access to the latest regulatory proposals, discussion boards, and most importantly, the ability to submit comment letters directly to regulators.

Visit PowerComment, and make your voice heard!

 
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Grassroots Advocacy
Grassroots Advocacy efforts connects you to your government. Whether issues arise at the Federal or State level, you can be an advocate for your credit union by participating in our programs. Using traditional Grassroots tactics, the Leagues connects you to our cause.
 
PAC Programs

Political Action Committees are organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates, representing business, labor or ideological interests.

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.