The Missouri General Assembly is now at the halfway-point of the 2014 session. Lawmakers adjourned for the annual week-long spring break, spending March 14 - March 23 back in their districts. Spring break marks the end of the first half of the session, and provides an opportunity for lawmakers to participate in community events and meetings. If you had a chance to meet with your local representative or senator during the break, please let Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) Advocacy know how it went by contacting Amy McLard or David Kent.
Quick Recap of the First Half of Session
As lawmakers head into the second half of the session, it's a chance to look back at what has happened so far in Jefferson City. Members of the Missouri General Assembly have filed more than 1,800 bills. MCUA Advocacy is closely tracking and monitoring bills with impact or potential impact to credit unions. Since the legislature convened in January, MCUA Advocacy has testified in support of a number of bills during committee hearings. These include patent infringement bills HB 1374 sponsored by Rep. Stan Cox (R-District 51); SB 706 sponsored by Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-District 33); a state pension protection bill HB 1217 sponsored by Rep. Tony Dugger (R-District 141) and an electronic lien release bill HB 1999 also sponsored by Dugger.
MCUA Advocacy also successfully prevented several bills from moving forward past the committee stage, including the tax lien transfer bill HB 1658 sponsored by Rep. Noel Torpey (R-District 29) and an overreaching privacy protection bill HB 1329 sponsored by Rep. Jay Barnes (R-District 60).
For additional information on legislation MCUA Advocacy has supported and opposed, click here for the 2014 state legislation briefing.
As of March 14, the General Assembly had sent just six bills to the Governor. The legislative pace is expected to quicken in the second half of the session. Approximately 30 working days remain before the legislature adjourns on May 16. MCUA Advocacy will continue to monitor and track legislation as the process moves forward.
MCUA Advocacy Attends Dixon Reception in Springfield
Assemblies of God Credit Union (AGCU) hosted a reception in honor of Senator Bob Dixon (R-District 30) during legislative spring break on March 18. The event was held at AGCU’s newly acquired operations center. Friends and supporters of the Senator attended the event as well as representatives from MCUA Advocacy and leaders from AGCU and BluCurrent Credit Union.
(photo, from left: Amy McLard, SVP Advocacy MCUA; David Kent, Director of State Legislative Affairs MCUA; Randall Bettis, SVP/CLO BluCurrent Credit Union; Senator Bob Dixon; Craig Tabor, President & CEO of BluCurrent Credit Union; Paul Ebisch, President & CEO AGCU)
Bills You Want to Know About
Click here for an overview of the bills with potential impact to credit unions. MCUA will provide this information each week. It will be updated regularly as more bills are introduced and tracked.
Financial “Tip of the Week” - All Tips are Located on CU Advocates Website
Due to Spring Break and lawmakers being back in their district, MCUA did not provide a financial tip this week. Click here to view the full list of topics and tips we provided to legislators in the first half of session. Feel free to use this content on your web site or for social media.