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May 17, 2019

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Deliver the Unexpected: Credit Union Annual Meeting/Convention

This week from May 13th through the 16th the GCUA Annual Meeting and Convention for credit unions was held in Jekyll Island. “Delivering the Unexpected” was this year’s theme, and it embodied not only the change in location, format and timing of...

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Two Keys to Advocacy: Growing Relationships and Awareness

Two vital components to any legislative effort are having elected leaders who know and understand what makes credit unions unique and having credit union advocates who are aware of the importance of being involved legislatively. But those two things...

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Four Credit Union Priority Bills Become State Law!

Good news for credit unions – Governor Brian Kemp has signed the four priority bills pursued for the industry during the state legislative session into law! The legislative process was quite challenging this year, and credit unions were engaged on...

May 3, 2019

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Congress: Action of Note for Credit Unions in Washington, D.C.

Staying engaged on a federal level is a dizzying role; there are multiple issues from a legislative as well as regulatory perspective. This week was no exception with multiple hearings, bills and debate. On the full House floor there were not one...

Georgia Capitol

State GAC/Grassroots Day at the Capitol!

On April 25th almost 80 Georgia credit union advocates convened at the state Capitol for the 11th annual State GAC. This was the largest group ever for this event, and was a “do-over” from January, as it was originally put on hold due to a potential...

April 19, 2019

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Seven Keys to Credit Union Success in Georgia Legislative Sessions

Georgia has one of the largest state legislatures in the nation – third only behind New Hampshire and Pennsylvania – with no term limits on the 236 legislators (Speaker of the House included), as well as the lieutenant governor. As such...

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State Legislative Wrap-Up

The state session adjourned on April 2nd, bringing to close a challenging yet positive legislative year for credit unions. In all there were more than 340 bills of interest to the industry that required monitoring, lobbying, amending and, for some...

April 5, 2019

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Three Ways that YOU Make a Difference

There are more than 950 lobbyists registered for Georgia, representing more than 3,900 groups. On any given day there are hundreds of more people at the state Capitol acting (but not registered) as lobbyists pursuing specific interests. Credit...

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End of State Legislative Session

After midnight in the very wee early morning hours of Wednesday, April 3rd the state Legislature has adjourned! Your state legislative team is temporarily off the grid after the adjournment so please stay tuned to the next edition of Creating...

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Congress: Tax Bill Including Changes of Interest to Credit Unions

On April 2nd the House Ways and Means Committee voted in favor of the Taxpayers First Act of 2019 (H.R. 1957), a bipartisan bill that contains several changes of interest to credit unions (and is generally supported by CUNA). The bill includes...

March 29, 2019

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State Legislature: Another Key Bill for the Industry Moves Forward

On March 25th the full House passed SB 37 by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) which seeks to address a Georgia Court of Appeals decision that conflicts with the longstanding legal footing surrounding guarantees (Moye decision). GCUA has testified in...

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Opportunity to Gain Insight into the Legislative Process: State GAC

Back in January the State GAC was put on hold due to a snow day (that didn’t materialize!), and was rescheduled for April 24th. This event provides the attendees a unique opportunity to get insight into the state legislative session that will be in...

March 22, 2019

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Credit Union Dialogue with Federal and State Regulators

Engaging with the regulatory bodies is just as key a component of advocacy as engaging with legislators, and on March 19th credit unions had a unique opportunity to connect with top federal and state regulators. Thank you to both NCUA Regional...

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Charter Enhancement Bill Passes the State Legislature!

HB 185 by Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe) passed the full Senate on March 18th! This bill creates operational improvements for the credit union charter, which were identified during the summer of 2018 by the credit union task force dedicated...

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State Legislature on Overdrive in the Remaining Days of Session

The state Legislature is at day 35 of the 40-day schedule as of press time, with more than 1,870 bills introduced to date. And while there are a narrow few bills that are still technically active for this year, this is the point of the session where...

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Washington, D.C.: Pushing for ADA Website Access Clarity

On March 13th credit union concerns about frivolous lawsuit demand letters on ADA website access were addressed when CUNA participated in a joint trade meeting with Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Eric Dreiband, head of the Department of Justice’s...

March 15, 2019

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Meeting with Congress: Georgia Credit Unions Hike the Hill at GAC

Georgia credit unions were a part of a 5,000-plus gathering of leaders from across the country at CUNA’s annual Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. this week. This conference also provided the window of time to connect with...

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State Session Winding Up for the End

The state Legislature has now met for 32 of the 40 official session days, with the remaining days spread out over the next two weeks and two days. Tempers and tensions are high among legislators and lobbyists alike, and there will be much effort and...

March 8, 2019

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Pushing Congress on Data Security

On February 28th CUNA reached out to 535 Congressional offices to keep the issue of the need for data privacy and security legislation at the forefront, and then engaged the Homeland Security subcommittee prior to their hearing on March 7th on...

Georgia Capitol

State Legislative Session Past Crossover Day!

The state legislative session passed a significant milestone this week with Crossover Day, the deadline at the state Capitol where a bill must make it at least halfway and pass its originating chamber (House bills pass the House, Senate bills pass...

U.S. Capitol

Advocacy in Motion! Georgia Credit Union Leaders Traveling to D.C.

Credit unions from across the state will be traveling to Washington, D.C., for the annual Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which begins on March 10th. This conference also involves “Hike the Hill” visits with members of Congress to promote...

March 1, 2019

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Federal Regulatory Nominations Closer to Confirmation

While credit unions, Leagues and CUNA are focused on the preparations for the credit union governmental affairs conference (CUNA GAC) approaching in March, the U.S. Senate is seeking to move forward several nominations to regulatory posts of note...

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Federal Level: Window to Push for ADA Lawsuit Relief

With new Attorney General William Barr confirmed, credit union concerns about demand letters threatening frivolous lawsuits over ADA accessibility of websites were highlighted last week. CUNA wrote to Attorney General Barr to call attention to the...

Georgia Capitol

State Legislative Session at Day 25

As of press time, the state Legislature is on day 25 of the 40-day schedule with one month remaining. The level of hearings as well as the number of issues being introduced are at an all-session high given that the self-imposed deadline of Crossover...

February 22, 2019

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Proactive Issues in the State Legislature

The activity at the state Capitol truly is a game of inches. Success cannot be seen at any given moment as it takes significant time to push an issue forward bit by bit, and the vast majority of bills that are introduced do not survive the process...

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Register Today: Federal and State Credit Union Regulators Dialogue

On March 19th credit unions will have a unique opportunity to connect with top federal and state regulators: NCUA Regional Director Keith Morton and Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (DBF) Commissioner Kevin Hagler. This will be the first...

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Building and Strengthening Relationships in D.C.

With the government shutdown over, the change of control in the House with new leadership, and Georgia with a new member of Congress, senior staff from GCUA traveled to D.C. last week to set the groundwork for the credit unions visits in early March...

February 15, 2019

Congressional Activity: Lobbying Efforts, Hearing on Issues

In Washington DC the focus this week has been on the negotiations to fund the federal government past February 15th, and beyond that was attention to the US Senate Banking Committee with confirmation hearings on the 14th (including two for the NCUA...

Activity of State Legislative Session at Day 16

This week the state legislative session was in all week, bringing us to day 16 of the 40-day schedule as of press time. And with the last day slated for April 2nd, time is moving fast with the pace and activity has intensified. Not including the...

State Legislature: Proactive Bills for Credit Unions

This week of state session activity saw three bills to provide help to credit unions introduced, with hearings on two of them this week: Operational Improvements for Credit Union Charter: HB 185 by Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe) was introduced and...

New Date: State GAC

The State GAC has been rescheduled, with all of the speakers previously slated to join credit unions on April 24th! When the non-snow day closed the state offices on January 29th, the State GAC/Grassroots Academy had to be punted. We are pleased to...

February 8, 2019

U.S. Capitol

Georgia Congressman Introduces BSA Modernization Bill in D.C.

Georgia U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-11) has introduced a bill to update specific reporting thresholds in the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).  CUNA wrote in support of this bill, H.R. 388, which would raise reporting thresholds for institutions filing...

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State Legislative Session Gains Steam

As of press time the state Legislature is meeting on the 11th day of the 40-day session, and is gearing up for what will likely be a hectic month.  The days are full of hearings on the various issues, with new bills introduced daily that are...

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Save the Date for the Credit Union Regulator Dialogue

Save the date!  A unique opportunity is on the horizon for credit unions on March 19th; the new NCUA Regional Director for the Southern Region office, Keith Morton, and Department of Banking and Finance Commissioner Kevin Hagler will be in Atlanta...

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Credit Union Legislative Night

On Tuesday, February 5th credit union leaders spent time sharing their insight and thanks with members of the state Legislature, growing influence for the industry at a reception held in conjunction with the February League and GCUS board meetings...

February 1, 2019

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State Legislature as of the End of January

This week the state Legislature was in session through Wednesday, reaching only to day 7 of the 40-day schedule. And while the session has only knocked off a few “official” days, work has been in full swing on both session and non-session days. Much...

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Washington, D.C., Activity of Note to Credit Unions

With the federal government shutdown over, and both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate in session this week, things are looking up in Washington, D.C., as the shutdown was the singular focus for some time. And while President Trump and Congressional...

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Tool for Your Credit Union: Tracking State Legislative Issues

Did you know that during this state session, thousands of bills will likely be introduced? All of these are reviewed for potential impact to credit unions (both positive and negative), and out of the thousands there will likely be hundreds that are...

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Keep It on the ‘Radar’: State GAC/Grassroots Academy

Mother Nature can be unpredictable, and when the winter storm warnings and weather radar paths came crashing down, threatening the state with icy doom, state offices closed on January 29th – the same day as the State GAC/Grassroots Academy! As such...

January 25, 2019

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Activity in Washington, D.C., Amid the Shutdown

The activity in Congress continues to be surrounding on the shutdown, with the press and social media highlighting any nuance in the debate. This singular focus is apparent in the committees in Congress as well – just last week the new U.S...

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Leadership Changes in Key Committees of State Legislature

Committees in the state Legislature are where the bills are hashed out, debated, and passed,  or end their journey without moving forward. The chairmen of these committees set the agendas, and while there have been some notable changes in both the...

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State Legislators Work on Their ‘Off’ Days

Counterintuitively, all the days this week that the state Legislature met for hearings did not count towards their 40-day session. This week is historically utilized for multiple budget hearings as the Senate and House hear from various state...

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Collective Effort on Credit Union Advocacy Issues

At press time on January 25th GCUA is in meetings with 13 other credit union state Leagues and CUNA that have come to Atlanta to gain insight on the state issues others are seeing around the country, the federal issues taking shape in Washington, D...

January 18, 2019

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State Legislature Begins

The state legislative session began anew this week on January 14th for the first half of the two-year cycle, with unpredictable directions/outcomes and a blank slate for legislation – as any bill that did not pass last year cannot continue on...

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What’s Happening in Washington, D.C. (Beyond the Shutdown)

While the federal government shutdown has consumed almost all of the attention in Washington, D.C., (including here in Georgia with the much-publicized delay challenges at the airports), there have been a few changes involving Georgia’s...

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Hearing from the Top State Leaders at Eggs and Issues Breakfast

On January 16th credit union representatives and GCUA joined the thousands of business leaders, state legislators and local officials at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast. This event is the unofficial kickoff to the...

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Growing Connections with Legislators

The state Legislature is made up of committees that debate the issues, and it’s in these small settings where much of the language is hammered out on bills, or where bills stall out and die. As such, it’s important to have strong connections with...

January 11, 2019

Positive News on the ADA Website Compliance Issue Front

Credit unions, Leagues and CUNA have been pushing the federal government, federal legislators, the Department of Justice, the court systems and attorneys general around the country to bring an end to the ambiguity surrounding the Americans with...

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Don’t Miss Out: State GAC Day for Credit Unions

Now is the time to register for the state GAC/Grassroots Academy, which will be held on January 29th for its 11th anniversary. The state Legislature resumes on Monday, and with the large number of new legislators coupled with new statewide...

April 18, 2017

Top 10 Reasons

Top 10 Credit Union Lobbying Successes at State Session

This year was a challenging year for anyone at the state Capitol due to the higher level (than normal) fighting between the Senate and House, and most industries saw their key issues fail early in the session. However, it was a very strong year for...

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Flurry of Federal Activity in DC for Credit Unions Right Before Recess

Both the US House and US Senate are out in recess now for their “spring district work session” … so keep an eye out for opportunities to engage with them at town halls, civic groups, or anywhere in the home district. Leading up to this break however...

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State Session Final Wrap Up

There were over 2,300 pieces of legislation introduced during this first year of the two-year cycle of the state legislative session. Out of all these bills, there were over 300 that required active monitoring, lobbying and efforts on behalf of...

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