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L-R: Rep. Brad Sherman, D-CA; Rep. Tom McClintock, R-CA; Diana Dykstra, President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; and Rep. Ami Bera, D-CA
L-R: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, discusses credit union legislation with Nevada Credit Union League Chairman and Clark County CU CEO Wayne Tew (left) and other Nevada credit union CEOs and executives.
L-R: Shruti Miyashiro, CEO of Orange County's CU; Diana Dykstra; and Teresa Halleck, Chairman of the California Credit Union League and CEO of San Diego County CU

updated 03/05/13 10:37 AM
MBL, Supplemental Capital Discussed
Nearly 180 California and Nevada credit union executives and board members attended the Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. last week, meeting with legislators on the importance of retaining the movement's federal corporate income tax exemption, as well as passing member business lending legislation.

Members of congress—as well as legislative aides—were impressed during visits at everything credit unions in California and Nevada are accomplishing within their individual communities, whether working with members on their mortgages or taking the initiative to be good community stewards.

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The Issues at Stake
During legislator visits on Capitol Hill, credit union groups also stressed the importance of supplemental capital for the industry and voiced support for The Capital Access for Small Businesses and Jobs Act, which Rep. Brad Sherman, D-CA, recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives. The bill would permit the National Credit Union Administration to allow credit unions to accept additional forms of capital, and is identical to legislation introduced last session.

Sherman also recently reintroduced The Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, which would make significant improvements in privacy notices for consumers.

The political debate over housing finance reform is still taking shape. Credit union advocates are working to ensure the movement gets its rightful place at the discussion table, as the federal government decides how to handle government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as other mortgage and consumer financial issues.

California and Nevada
California legislators speaking during GAC's general session on Tuesday and Wednesday included Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-CA; Ed Royce, R-CA; Brad Sherman, D-CA; and Maxine Waters, D-CA (ranking democrat on the House Financial Services Committee). Before and after speaking, they shook hands with credit union CEOs and board members from across California, giving those attendees a positive touch-point.

Additionally, the California Credit Union League held a successful fundraiser earlier that morning for another House co-sponsor and credit union supporter, Rep. John Campbell, R-CA, who was very gracious.

Credit Union House
Credit Union House buzzed with chatter as the following members of Congress stopped by on Wednesday night to address advocates: Reps. Grace Napolitano, D-CA; Janice Hahn, D-CA; Ami Bera, D-CA; Brad Sherman, D-CA; Tom McClintock, R-CA; and Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA. These legislators reiterated their support for credit unions as the so-called "sequester" budget cuts loomed during that week over Capitol Hill and the White House.

CUNA President and CEO Bill Cheney also stopped by to address supporters, saying that CUNA, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, and other state leagues are marching forward in 2013 with a strong credit union message that lawmakers are taking note of, especially since many credit union members are constituents in their respective districts.

Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra spoke as well. "Overall, the tone from lawmakers we visited was more positive than in the past two years," Dykstra said in a special message sent to members later that week. "Once again, I saw that with a focused message and a strong turnout, credit unions can cut through the political clamor and leave a strong impression. Participating in events like GAC and the Government Relations Rally (GRR) turns lukewarm credit union supporters into good ones, and good supporters into great ones. Thank you for your support, and let's continue reaching out whenever we can."

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2016 'GAC' ROOM BLOCK OPENS updated 09/29/15 08:48 AM
CUNA-League Event: Feb. 22-25
The Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) room block has officially opened, which means those who plan on attending can reserve their lodging early.

‘RBC STOP-STUDY ACT’ TO BE REVIEWED updated 09/29/15 08:17 AM
Committee Hearing This Week
Tomorrow, the House Financial Services Committee will review H.R. 2769, the Risk Based Capital Stop and Study Act—a bill that would halt the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) risk-based capital proposal until further study is assessed.

NV REP. TITUS SENDS SUPPORT LETTER updated 09/25/15 09:41 AM
Member Business Lending Rule
As reported earlier today in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, members of Congress from the California and Nevada Congressional Delegation continue to show their support for credit unions. This morning, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) submitted a support letter to the NCUA for their proposed revisions to the member-business lending (MBL) regulation. Titus joins 8 other Members of Congress from our two states who have responded favorably to MBL rule.

Recap of CU Accomplishments
The California Credit Union League reported a successful year for credit unions as the California Legislature adjourns for the 2015 legislative session. The League advanced data security legislation, helped defeat two high-profile bills that would’ve been detrimental to credit unions, and garnered several other legislative accomplishments during the past year.

RISK-BASED CAPITAL 2 updated 09/18/15 11:09 AM
Rep. Vargas Leads New Comments
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, last week on Capitol Hill, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Chula Vista) led 11 of his colleagues from California and Nevada in sending a letter to the NCUA raising on-going concerns with the agency's risk- based capital (2) proposal. The Vargas letter was initiated by a request from the CA & NV Leagues and was advocated as a top priority during the Leagues' Hike the Hill to Washington, D.C. last week.

NCUA Redefines Small CUs updated 09/18/15 10:17 am
Threshold Raised to $100MM in Assets
The NCUA Board voted unanimously in favor of four supervisory actions Thursday, including one that will change the definition of “small entity” in the Regulatory Flexibility Act from credit unions with less than $50 million in assets to credit unions with less than $100 million in assets.

At its open board meeting, the agency first approved the expansion of the community charter for the $342 million Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union in Charlotte, N.C., to include 10 counties in the Charlotte metro area. The credit union previously served Mecklenburg County only.

Increased CA/NV Backing of H.R. 1188
As reported earlier today in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, the California and Nevada delegations have made big gains in terms of support for H.R. 1188, legislation to raise the member business lending cap.

NEW WCMS TRUSTEES updated 09/17/15 02:52 PM
Janclaes, Rivera Joining Board
Partners FCU President and CEO John Janclaes and SkyOne FCU President and CEO Eileen Rivera will be joining the Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) Board of Trustees.

CU LEADERS MEET WITH ASM. BILL DODD updated 09/16/15 09:28 AM
Address Current/Upcoming Legislation
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Travis Credit Union hosted a gathering with Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) the team at Travis educated Asm. Dodd on their suite of financial literacy and community empowerment programs to help all including the underserved. The group also addressed current and upcoming legislative issues impacting credit unions including data security, EMV implementation, PACE lending reform, and state charter enhancements.

'HIKE THE HILL' MAKES IMPACT FOR CUs updated 09/15/15 12:12 PM
Plus, CU T-Shirt PAC Fundraiser
Last week credit unions from California and Nevada "hiked the hill" in the halls of Congress, advocating for regulatory relief, support of the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) member business lending rule, and other important items.

Officials Listen to CU Leaders
The second day of last week’s “Hike the Hill” event in Washington, D.C. was devoted to regulatory issues, where credit union leaders met with representatives from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

CUs GO CASUAL FOR KIDS updated 09/14/15 12:58 PM
Miracle Jeans Day Nets Money for CMN
On Sept. 9, staff at credit union branches throughout California and Nevada traded in their normal work attire for jeans—and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It was all part of Miracle Jeans Day—a day set aside to go casual for kids.

CUs ACTIVATE FIRE RELIEF FUNDS updated 09/14/15 12:22 PM
Monies to Help California Victims
Several fire relief funds administered by credit unions, the California Credit Union League, and other organizations have been created to help communities ravaged by the Valley Fire in Middletown, CA (90 miles north of San Francisco) and other fires in Northern California.

LEGAL FIGHT ON CAs SURCHARGE BAN updated 09/14/15 11:14 AM
Credit Unions Represented
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, last week CUNA filed an amicus brief in support of California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ defense of the CA law prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on consumers who chose to use a credit card in lieu of payment by cash, check or similar means.

Session Ends with Passage of Resolution AJR 25
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, both houses of the California legislature adjourned their regular session for the year on Saturday, September 12. The Senate and the Assembly are gone until January unless they decide to convene for a special extraordinary session to meet on healthcare and transportation funding.

SOCIAL MEDIA PLAN = LOAN GROWTH updated 09/11/15 12:09 PM
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NCUA Chair Sends Response Letters
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration has begun sending replies to the 8 Representatives of the California Congressional Delegation who wrote letters in support for the proposed member-business lending rule.

GET READY TO CRASH THE GAC 2016 updated 09/10/15 12:31 PM
Application Deadline October 31
Represent your credit union and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues at Crash the GAC 2016. The Cooperative Trust, in partnership with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), is now accepting applications for Crash the GAC 2016. Those interested in the program—which provides scholarships for up-and-coming credit union professionals to attend the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference—must submit their applications by October 31, 2015. New this year, applicants will be required to submit a 60 second video instead of an essay.

Harmful Bill Thwarted
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, the League's advocacy team defeated SB 308 (Wieckowski D-Fremont) which would have dramatically increased the amount of assets a debtor could shield through bankruptcy leaving credit unions and their members holding the bag. The bill received only 21 votes on the Assembly floor vote—20 votes short of what the bill needed for passage. The League's advocacy team will continue to monitor this and other legislation through the last day of this year's legislative session on September 11th.

Foundation Board Nominations Open updated 09/10/15 03:13 PM
Seeking Nominations for Three Seats
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is currently seeking nominations for three board seats. Volunteers serve up to three terms of three years each on the Foundation Board, as long as they are re-nominated by the Foundation Nominations Committee and re-elected by the Foundation Board.

As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, this morning in Washington D.C., credit union leaders met with representatives from the NCUA and CFPB, continuing our message of regulatory relief.

CREDIT UNIONS LOBBY CONGRESS updated 09/09/15 04:21 PM
Advocates "Hike the Hill"
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, today in Washington D.C., credit unions "Hiked the Hill" of Congress bringing the message of the need for regulatory relief, support for the NCUA's member business lending rule, and other important items.

TAKE THE CUNA-LEAGUE EXAM SURVEY updated 09/08/15 11:04 AM
Help Credit Union Advocacy Efforts
Your credit union can take the opportunity to provide feedback to the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) on its most recent examination by either the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) or state regulator.

Rendon, Mayes, and Fuller
Anticipating the upcoming term limits of current leaders, caucuses in the upper and lower house of the California legislature have chosen new leaders.