Missouri Day at the Capitol Brings Credit Union Leaders & Lawmakers Together
Nearly 80 credit union leaders from across the state met with lawmakers in Jefferson City for Missouri Day at the Capitol on February 1. During office visits and a legislative reception, attendees highlighted key credit union issues including support of reforms to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (SB 5) and the Department of Revenue Technology Fund to support electronic liens and titles (HB 445/SB 269), and opposition to the Business Premises Safety Act (HB 96/HB 300).
Although she has attended past advocacy events, Lisa Farnen, Electro Savings Credit Union's (St. Louis, MO) vice president of marketing, continues to find they recharge her enthusiasm and passion for credit unions.
"Our legislators have a lot on their plates. It's astounding when you walk into some of their offices and witness the amount of issues and people they deal with every day," said Lisa. "When we have the opportunity to meet with them one-on-one even for just five minutes, it does make a difference. Every legislator I spoke may not have agreed with our position 100%, but when I left their offices, I promise they knew more about credit unions and had a better understanding of how we make a difference in the lives of the their constituents."
Joining veteran attendees were newcomers including Michelle Gemes, marketing specialist at Central Missouri Community Credit Union (Warrensburg, MO).
|West Community Credit Union and Tiger Credit Union staffers meet with Rep. Gina Mitten (D-Dist. 83).||Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Dist. 30) meets with Springfield area credit unions.|
"Starting out at the credit union as a teller, I had never to seen the judicial sides of things before," said Michelle. "The lawmakers took the time to listen to what we had to say, and our local representative Denny Hoskins, even came out of his office to greet us just moments before a radio interview. After this experience, I want to get more involved and want to attend every year."
In addition to one-on-one meetings, participants heard from State Treasurer Eric Schmitt (R) during a luncheon.
"I learned a lot at the luncheon with Treasurer Schmitt. Mr. Schmitt expressed his support of credit unions and highlighted the items he has on his agenda while in office," said Heather DeMint, CUlead participant and vice president of electronic services at United Credit Union (Mexico, MO). "I also really enjoyed spending the day with a couple of my fellow CUlead participants. It gave us a chance to compare notes, learn from each other on how to approach legislatures and, in general, get to know each other better!"
Attendees had a peek into the Missouri House and Senate, being introduced on both floors. They capped the day with a legislative reception, welcoming 67 Missouri Senators and Representatives.
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