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Leagues And CUNA Meet State Legislators At National Summit
ATLANTA (8/19/13)--
Click to view larger image Brandee Bickle of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates tells Rep. Lee Perry of Utah about credit unions at the booth GCUA co-hosted with the Credit Union National Association during the Annual Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislators last week in Atlanta.
The Credit Union National Association and several state credit union leagues advocated for credit unions at the Annual Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Atlanta, Ga., last week.
 
CUNA hosted a display booth in the exhibit hall highlighting "America's Credit Unions" and directed attendees to the website aSmarterChoice.org to find out more about credit unions.  Georgia Credit Union Affiliates co-hosted the booth at the NCSL event, providing staff support and gifts for those visiting the booth.
 
CUNA and league staff also participated in working meetings of state legislators to advance and protect credit union interests, and educated attendees about the number of credit unions and their members in each state.
 
Click to view larger image Mark Minickiello (far left) of the Northwest Credit Union Association and Brandee Bickle (center) of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates discuss credit unions with state legislators at the Annual Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislators last week in Atlanta.  The credit union booth included a state-by-state display of where 95 million credit union members are located (at right).  (Photos provided by CUNA)
League staff from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington joined CUNA staff at the NCSL event.  NCSL's Committee on Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce debated policy proposals while CUNA and league staff ensured that credit unions would not be harmed by any resolutions approved by the group.

The NCSL meeting followed the previous week's meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Chicago. CUNA and leagues represented credit unions at the ALEC meeting of state legislators as well, and the Illinois Credit Union League provided sponsorship at the ALEC event. (See related News Now story, CUNA, Leagues Participate In State Legislators Meeting by using the link.)
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