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2017 Legislative Sessions Begin in Kansas & Missouri

And we're off! Kansas and Missouri legislators have made their way back to their state Capitols, and the 2017 legislative sessions are officially underway. 

Kansas Session Convened January 9, HCUA Advocacy to Testify Next Week
Kansas legislators returned to Topeka this week for the official convening of the 2017 Session and the Governor’s annual State of the State address. HCUA Advocacy has been on the ground all week visiting legislators and attending swearing in ceremonies. A video recording of the State of the State address is available in which Governor Sam Brownback outlined his recommendations for the state budget and school finance.

HCUA is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Institutions & Pensions Committee next week, providing an overview of the credit union movement and outlining priorities for Kansas credit unions. Kansas Department of Credit Union administrator Jerel Wright, the acting State Bank Commissioner, and banking association representatives are also scheduled to testify.

Missouri Session Begins January 4, HCUA Advocacy On Hand to Discuss Priorities
The Missouri General Assembly convened on January 4, with Heartland Credit Union Association (HCUA) Advocacy on hand to meet with lawmakers and discuss legislative priorities for the 2017 session.

HCUA Advocacy's top priorities include common sense reforms to Missouri's outdated Merchandising Practices Act (MPA). MPA reform legislation (SB 5) was introduced and HCUA Advocacy is working with a coalition in support of the measure due to the MPA's negative impact on credit unions. HCUA Advocacy is also closely monitoring a bill to fund technology upgrades for the Department of Revenue to implement electronic lien and title technology, a number of bills dealing with Missouri's foreclosure process, and legislation exposing credit unions to potential lawsuits for prohibiting guns on the premises.

Please click here for bills with potential impact to credit unions that HCUA is monitoring and tracking.

Eric Greitens was sworn in as Missouri’s 56th Governor on January 9th. View his inaugural address on YouTube.

Greitens’ State of the State address – where he will outline his legislative priorities to the Missouri General Assembly –  will be January 17.