Friday, May 11 – On May 9, a six-member credit union delegation from Malawi visited the state capitol. The Malawian delegation traveled to the U.S. as a part of the World Council of Credit Unions Partnership Program.
Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) CEO, Mike Beall, and Chief Advocacy Officer, Peggy Nalls, hosted a tour of the capitol building. MCUA Vice President of Grassroots & Development and state legislator, Jay Swearingen, arranged for the group to be introduced on the floor of the House. They then met for lunch at Credit Union House in Jefferson City. Marsha Borgmeyer, 1st Financial Credit Union (Jefferson City), and Randy Marks, MO Electric Co-op Employees Credit Union (Jefferson City), attended to hear about the credit union movement in Malawi.
The Missouri General Assembly crossing the finish line a day before Friday’s constitutional deadline to pass the budget was somewhat of a surprise. Both houses had been in heated debate only days before. While the House and Senate spent most of their time debating appropriations the week of May 7, they did spend some time adding amendments to bills that will go through the conference committee process the final week of session. The credit union advocacy team is watching the process carefully for language that could negatively impact credit unions.Photo Caption: Credit union delegation from Malawi stop for a photo at the Missouri state capitol with Jay Swearingen, vice president of Grassroots & Development for MCUA (5th from left), Eileen McGeoghegan (D-District 77) (6th from left), and Don Wells (R-District 147) (8th from left).