‘GAC’ Recap: CUs Have Effective Meetings with Regulators

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Top: Nevada Credit Union League advocates with Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV). Bottom: California Credit Union League advocates with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield).

This past week, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and its members joined nealry 2,200 other credit union advocates in Washington, D.C. for the Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). The Leagues facilitated approximately a dozen in-person meetings with regulators alongside its virtual programming from the preceding week to discuss important topics impacting the system. Additionally, attendees heard from dynamic keynote speakers with a variety of life experiences and viewpoints.

League highlights:

H.R. 6889, the Credit Union Board Modernization Act
A big announcement of the week was the introduction of the CUNA-League supported Credit Union Board Modernization Act (H.R. 6889), which reduces the mandatory monthly board meeting requirement to no fewer than six per year for federally chartered credit unions. Introduced by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego), the bill includes last year’s sponsors Reps. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) and Mark Amodei (R-Reno) as well as a healthy list of bipartisan co-sponsors. To read the full story, click here.

CULAC Sweepstakes
A grand total of $292,785 was raised toward the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) during this year's Grand Sweepstakes, of which the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and its members raised $68,229—representing 23% of CULAC’s total! California raised $63,629, exceeding its goal of $50,000, and Nevada raised an impressive $4,600. Thank you to all donors (in-person and at home) and payroll deduction participants for your support.

Events
In addition to the Sweepstakes, the Leagues held very successful events, including engaging with a dozen pro-business Democrats including Reps. Ami Bera (D-Sacramento), Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Julia Brownley (D-Ventura), Salud Carbajal (D-Central Coast), Susie Lee (D-Las Vegas), and others. 

Bob Arnould Awarded AACUL’s Farley Award
Bob Arnould, senior vice president of advocacy for the Leagues, was awarded the prestigious 2022 Eugene H. Farley League Leadership Award by the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL). Arnould was recognized for his visionary leadership at the state and national levels over 27 years on behalf of credit unions in both states, as well as the Credit Union National Association (CUNA)-League System. View a video of Arnould receiving the award (and his comments) here. To read the full story, click here.

The advocacy efforts of the Leagues and CUNA continue year-round. Thank you to all who participated both virtually and in-person.

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