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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

updated 08/15/14 02:38 PM
Regulatory Issues Discussed
Minimizing the impact of current rules, pending proposals, and contemplated requirements were key themes of a meeting Wednesday between the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Concerns were raised over the possible regulation of overdraft plans by the CFPB, as well as a range of other regulatory concerns, such as the pending Regulation C proposal to implement changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Attending the meeting was Dan Smith, assistant director of the Office of Financial Institutions and business liaison for the CFPB.

The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and CUNA will continue to press for favorable regulatory treatment for credit unions in light of the fact that credit unions didn’t engage in abusive practices leading to the financial crisis.

CUNA has advocated that credit unions should be exempt from overdraft regulations. Credit unions are consistently reported as having lower overdraft fees than banks. A report from Informa Research Services in April found that the median fee for overdrafting a checking account is $30.70, while it was $27.74 at credit unions.

In addition, banks with assets greater than $50 billion carry median overdraft fees of $35, while largest credit unions (with more than $5 billion in assets), charge an average of $25.

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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.