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More than 300 attend our Day at the Capitol events

Credit union advocates from Missouri and Kansas made their voices heard when more than 300 advocates were in Topeka and Jefferson City earlier this month. Both events included lawmaker visits, legislative discussions and the opportunity to hear from each states' Lieutenant Governor. Thank you to all of our credit union supporters – your efforts unite strengthen and advance credit unions. For more, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and #DATC20.

Missouri Day at the Capitol - Feb. 11   Kansas Day at the Capitol - Feb. 4

Missouri credit union advocates started the day with the opportunity to be introduced in the Missouri Senate. Next, attendees listened to a legislative briefing and heard from special guests Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Carrie Tergin, Mayor of Jefferson City.

Attendees also participated in a legislative discussion with Sen. Paul Wieland, Sen. Gina Walsh, Rep. Jack Bondon and Rep. Rory Rowland. 

During lawmaker visits, attendees discussed the credit union difference and encouraged support of credit union modernization bills, Senate Bill 797, House Bill 2204 and House Bill 2257. 

This legislation would bring Missouri law up-to-date and continue to protect the locally operated, not-for-profit structure of credit unions.

See all Missouri Day at the Capitol photos on Facebook.

 

In Topeka, Kansas credit union staff and volunteer participated in a legislative panel discussion on issues impacting Kansas rural and urban communities and attended private briefing with former credit union volunteer, Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers.

At the Statehouse, attendees had the opportunity to sit in their legislators’ seats on the House floor during a Q&A with Speaker of the House Ron 
Ryckman and Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch.

Throughout the day, credit union advocates met with their legislators about the credit union movement’s opposition to Senate Bill 259. The bill would unlevel the playing field, granting not-for-profit tax benefits to for-profit banks without requiring them to operate under the same rules or market restrictions as not-for-profits, like credit unions do.

They also encouraged support of Senate Bill 2516, which would allow First-Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts in Kansas.

See all Kansas Day at the Capitol photos on Facebook.


Missed Day at the Capitol? Our CU at the Capitol events are another effective way to share the credit union difference with lawmakers. Continuing to show up at the statehouse reinforces our message. These events are smaller in size and take place in both Topeka and Jefferson City.

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