Removing Barriers Blog

Eye Toward 2016: Wisconsin Credit Union League
Posted November 01, 2015 by CUNA Advocacy

In 2016, The Wisconsin Credit Union League (The League) will continue its efforts to remove barriers for its member credit unions.  In January, more than 200 Activists will gather at the State Government Affairs Conference (State GAC) to set the groundwork for pro-credit union reforms.  The conference illustrates the strength of the movement and gives attendees the ability to establish working relationships with 132 state legislators.

Building off of recent legislative successes, in 2016 The League and State GAC attendees will ask legislators to clarify, modernize and streamline the state's credit union act. 

"The substantive changes, including permitting prize-linked savings, will strengthen our state charter by making it more dynamic and durable - allowing credit unions to better serve their members," said The League’s Government Affairs Specialist, Sarah Wainscott.

With all but three of the state's credit unions being state-chartered, not only is it important to have a strong state act, but equally crucial to protect the independence of our state regulator. The League and activists fought hard to do so during the last state budget deliberations and will continue that battle into 2016.

In addition to maintaining a keen focus on modernizing the credit union act in Wisconsin, The League will continue to engage on federal matters with its congressional delegation.  This is particularly important given the influence and leadership roles of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and House Financial Services Committee members, Reps. Sean Duffy and Gwen Moore.

"Given the positions held by these members, our regular face-to-face meetings with them are invaluable In addition to seeking support for pro-credit union legislation, we will continue to express our concerns with the growing body of complex regulations that limit our credit unions’ ability to serve their members and impact the communities those members live and work in,” Wainscott continues, “Breaking down these barriers is key to our members’ future success.”