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CUNA CU presence at state legislative groups meetings important
WASHINGTON (8/16/11)--In recognition of the impact that state legislative issues have on credit unions, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and state leagues participated in two national conferences of state legislators this month.
Click to view larger image The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) met the week of Aug. 1 in New Orleans. The Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) State Government Affairs department attended and participated in sessions. Pictured at the CUNA booth at the ALEC meeting were, from left, John Kozlowski, Ohio Credit Union League general counsel, and Pat Sowick, CUNA vice president of league relations. (Photo provided by CUNA)
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) met the week of Aug. 1 in New Orleans. CUNA’s State Government Affairs staff met state legislators from across the country, discussing credit union issues. “ALEC created a new financial services subcommittee and CUNA attended the first meeting,” Pat Sowick, CUNA vice president of league relations, told News Now. “It’s important to have a credit union presence in these forums where financial services issues are discussed. A highlight this year at ALEC was the attendance by more than 600 state legislators--many of whom were freshman members.” ALEC is a conservative organization comprising both Republicans and Democrats, Sowick added. The National Council of State Legislators (NCSL), a bipartisan organization, was held in San Antonio last week, and CUNA participated in several committee and task force sessions adressing issues impacting credit unions, Sowick said. The Texas league hosted special activities in the NCSL exhibit hall, visited by thousands of conference attendees. At both events, CUNA staffed a booth featuring America’s Credit Unions and aSmarter Choice, the website CUNA and the state credit union leagues have created to help consumers learn more about credit unions and locate one they are eligible to join. “Both conferences were heavily attended by the banking industry, retailers and payday lenders,” Sowick explained. “So it was important that credit unions were represented. CUNA also was joined by numerous state league representatives at both conferences.”
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