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Day at the Capitol

Credit union leaders advocate at Kansas Day at the Capitol

Posted: Feb 7, 2024 | Author: Cornerstone League
Kansas Day at the Capitol 

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This week, 120 credit union advocates attended Kansas Day at the Capitol. The agenda was jam-packed with activities that kicked off with a legislative briefing with Cornerstone League EVP/Chief Advocacy Officer Jim Phelps and Kansas Credit Union Association Executive Director Michael Murray.

Over lunch, attendees enjoyed a legislative panel featuring Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Chair Jeff Longbine (R-District 17) and Ranking Member Cindy Holscher (D-District 8).

The afternoon consisted of meetings with about 100 lawmakers in the Capitol, from Rep. Bill Clifford (R-District 122) in Garden City to Rep. David Buehler (R-District 40) in Leavenworth.

Kansas Day at the Capitol with Senate President Ty Masterson

L to R: Moji Rosson with Meritrust Credit Union; Cornerstone League President/CEO Caroline Willard;
Skyward Credit Union CEO Kevin Wilmoth; 
Senate President Ty Masterson; Carla Stockstill with Skyward; 
ARCUA Grassroots and PAC Coordinator Emily Beam and Executive Director Michael Murray;
Cornerstone League EVP/Chief Advocacy Officer Jim Phelps.

Legislative appointments were pre-arranged with each attendee’s local representative and senator. Many advocates also took the opportunity to stop by lawmakers’ offices where they had a credit union branch or a closely bordered district.

Attendees also met with House and Senate leadership, including:

  • Senate President Ty Master
  • Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes
  • Speaker of the House Dan Hawkins
  • House Majority Leader Chris Croft
  • House Minority Leader Vic Miller
  • House Speaker Pro Tem Blake Carpenter
Advocates at Kansas Day at the Capitol

Topping the bills of interest in the Kansas Legislature is HB 2561, the Credit Union Statute Modernization bill, which on Monday was voted out favorably from the House Committee on Financial Institutions and Pensions. Credit union advocates were tasked with educating legislators about the bill before it is considered on the House floor in the coming weeks.

HB 2561 updates statutes related to state-chartered credit unions and is a result of a working group of KSCUA member credit unions and the Kansas Department of Credit Unions (KDCU). Proposed updates to HB 2561:

  • Allow state-chartered credit unions to expand beyond the borders of Kansas.
  • Change merger requirements to allow only the merging credit union membership to vote on a merger and not the surviving credit union membership.
  • Clarify rare instances of KDCU’s ability to issue fines or enter into informal agreements with state-chartered credit unions.

When the afternoon wound down, Day at the Capitol participants welcomed legislators at the evening reception and dinner, and many took the opportunity to engage with lawmakers on a more personal level, fostering those all-important credit union relationships.

 

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