Idaho’s Legislative Session Kicks Off

1/23/18

The 2018 Idaho Legislative Session has begun, and with it, so have positioning discussions of the issues poised to be at the center of policy debates in the coming months. The past few weeks are off to a productive start for credit unions, especially regarding efforts to update the Credit Union Act.

“Our efforts to modernize the governance section of the Idaho Credit Union Act continue to progress,” said Ryan Fitzgerald, NWCUA’s Vice President, Legislative Affairs for Idaho. “Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jim Patrick gave us the green light to formally draft our legislation. The Idaho Department of Finance has made some minor additions, and we have incorporated additional edits from our State Issues Working Group. These modifications will be incorporated into the final draft legislation, and the bill will be placed on the committee calendar.”

The beginning of the session also brought additional perspective on Governor Otter’s priorities. The Governor presented his State of the State address, which emphasized his legislative goals for the 2018 Session. These included targeted reductions in the individual and corporate tax rates, boosting education spending, affordable health care programs, and urging tax conformity with the recent tax reform legislation passed at the Federal level.

Be the Voice of Idaho Credit Unions This Session

As the 2018 legislative session begins, the presence of credit union advocates’ voices is needed more than ever. Credit union leaders and teams are at the heart of our advocacy team’s efforts to drive Idaho’s Credit Union Movement forward.

“Your perspective is the most effective way to convey the Credit Union Difference to decision makers in the legislature, and to encourage them to advance credit union-friendly policies,” Fitzgerald said.

If you’re looking for ways to get involved, Idaho’s Credit Union Day at the Capitol on January 30 is the perfect opportunity. During this important day of credit union advocacy, we will release the full Idaho Credit Unions’ Economic Impacts Report to legislators. You also will have the opportunity to discuss pressing legislative issues with key policy influencers and hear from Idaho state leaders. Most importantly, you will be able to sit down for lunch with legislators from your local area, and provide them with your insight on the Credit Union Movement and the impact of credit unions on your community.

So far, 42 Idaho legislators have committed to attending this event. Please register today to ensure you and your team are able to participate and share your stories with them.

Next month brings another significant opportunity to get involved in credit union advocacy: the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, held February 25 through March 1 in Washington, D.C. With the possible movement of Senator Crapo’s Regulatory Reform Package in late February or early March, it’s imperative Idaho credit unions attend to show strong support for the bill. Click here to learn more about the conference, and to register.

Questions about how to get involved in credit union advocacy in Idaho? Contact Ryan Fitzgerald, NWCUA’s Vice President, Legislative Affairs for Idaho, at rfitzgerald@nwcua.org.

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