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Eye Toward 2016: Maine Credit Union League
Posted October 18, 2015 by CUNA Advocacy

While Maine’s 2016 legislative session officially kicks off January 6, the Maine Credit Union League (MCUL) has already taken steps to benefit credit unions by seeking solutions outside of the legislative process and proactively meeting with House and Senate leadership. Specifically, MCUL has hosted a wide range of events with legislators and has been a constant presence at political fundraisers on both sides of the aisle. The League will also meet with the Secretary of State’s Office regarding the repossession of vehicles by towing companies and with state credit union regulators and state-chartered credit unions to discuss regulatory barriers and potential resolutions.

Maine’s 2016 session has a limited scope with only Governor’s bills, carry-over bills, and bills deemed “emergency” in nature being considered. All emergency legislation must pass with a majority of the Legislative Council, which is comprised of House and Senate leadership, before being considered by the full legislature.  MCUL will be tracking bills ranging from a measure creating a state-chartered credit union for marijuana dispensaries to legislation tackling the state’s childhood hunger crisis. The Campaign to End Hunger is a signature MCUL initiative.

Elise Baldacci, MCUL Director of Governmental Affairs remarked, “Because of the shorter, more restrictive scope of the session, the League is looking ahead to the 2016 elections and meeting with top leaders and credit union advocates in the legislature to ensure that they are educated about the important issues facing credit unions in their districts.”

Baldacci continued, “During the upcoming session, we plan on taking a multi-faceted approach to making the changes that our credit unions are asking for; in addition to working within the legislative process to improve the landscape for Maine Credit Unions, we are seeking non-legislative fixes within the Secretary of State’s Office and with our state regulators to ensure that credit unions can improve services to their members.”