JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Protecting credit unions’ interest with federal and state legislators and regulatory agencies is one of our priorities. We strive to build and preserve relationships with lawmakers and policymakers to ensure credit unions and their members are represented in the legislative and regulatory process.
This week, some members from our staff along with with other Missouri credit unions from the Heartland Credit Union Association took to the Hill in Jefferson City to discuss several legislative topics that affect our membership with our state representatives.
Credit union advocates met and shared the credit union difference with dozens of lawmakers and staff during the Capitol visits and Heartland Credit Union Association (HCUA) legislative reception and dinner on February 1.
The major focus of the visit was to inform and reinforce the important role that credit unions play in providing essential financial services for all Missourians. We met with the representatives from the districts that our branches reside: Brentwood, Kirkwood, O’Fallon, and Columbia. Along with sharing the credit union difference, we discussed a few pieces of legislations that could affect our members. These issues include:
- The Missouri Merchandising Practices Act Reform
- The Department of Revenue Technology Fund
- The Business Premises Safety Act
“Through the warm welcome we received from the House Floor to the genuine dialogue one on one with our Representatives, it is clear Credit Unions in Missouri are seen as critical to the health and well being of our communities we serve,” said West Community Credit Union CEO, Jason Peach. “It was a proud moment for us all and inspires us to keep earning that reputation.”