Idaho Governor’s Dinner and Legislative Events Kicks Off the 2020 Legislative Session

It is legislative season once again, so we are “strapping in” and getting ready for the adventure! Idaho credit union leaders and members of the NWCUA advocacy team took part in numerous events leading up to yesterday’s kick-off of the 2020 Session of the Idaho Legislature. On Friday afternoon, several of our Idaho credit union […]

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Denies ABA Bid for Rehearing

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the Credit Union Movement a victory in its long battle with the American Bankers Association regarding the National Credit Union Administration’s 2016 Field of Membership amendments. The Court denied the ABA’s petition for an en banc rehearing of the Appeals Court’s August 2019 decision that overturned […]

Governor Little Provides Sneak Peek on Budget and Session Themes at ATI Conference

Last week, Idaho Governor Brad Little provided the keynote address at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho.  During his presentation, Gov. Little hinted at the release of a very conservative FY2021 Budget, which he will present during his State of the State at the beginning of the Idaho Legislative Session.  Several […]

Credit Unions Successful in Advocating for Serving Military Members

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act was just signed, and the language does not contain Section 2821 of the Senate-passed version of the NDAA that would have expanded access to nominal leases on military installations for banks and require the Department of Defense (DoD) to treat banks and credit unions on military installations equally when […]

The Power of Story and Mobilization

What makes Credit Unions different than other financial service providers? You and I may answer that by talking about the not-for-profit cooperative structure and the significant ways we return value to our communities (the numbers don’t lie). But how do we articulate what that means for our members in a meaningful way? We do this […]

*UPDATE* Representative Crane Joins the Celebration of Icon Credit Union’s Juntos Avanzamos Designation

Due to some technology upgrades, last week, this blog post was inadvertently sent out before it was complete.  Please find the updated version of our Advocacy on the Move Blog Post and Congratulations to Icon Credit Union!   Last week, Icon Credit Union became the first credit union in the State of Idaho to receive […]

Idaho Legislators “Join the Fun” at Icon Credit Union’s Grand Opening in Weiser

In the Winter of 2017, during Idaho’s “snowpocalypse”, the town of Weiser was hard hit when the roof of the town’s main grocery store collapsed due to remarkable snow loads.  Since that time, a significant portion of the population traveled to nearby towns and across the border into Oregon in order to shop for their […]

NWCUA Advocacy Team Engaging with State Legislators at ALEC

This week, the NWCUA Advocacy team had the opportunity to spend time with over 1,500 state legislators and leaders from around the country.  Over 25 legislators and staff from our three states were in attendance at the 2019 ALEC Conference, which took place in Austin, Texas.  The ALEC Conference is a policy forum that provides […]

NASCUS Annual Summit Showcases New Commitment to Cooperation

The NWCUA team joined credit union regulators and stakeholders at the Annual Summit of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS).   The Northwest is being well represented at the meeting with strong credit union representation, regulators from all three states, as well as Association and league staff. One of the highlights of the […]

Congress and the Senate head home for the August Recess

The House has adjourned and congressional representatives are headed back home to their districts across the country. The Senate will head into their recess next week. This six-week break provides members of congress an opportunity to get out into their communities and many will be hosting town halls to meet constituents. Learn more about events […]

ID Governmental Affairs Committee Summary

We just wrapped up our third Idaho Governmental Affairs Committee meeting in Boise, ID. With a full agenda and much to discuss, it was our great pleasure to welcome Bob Sonnichsen, State Director for Senator Mike Crapo. Senator Mike Crapo chairs the Senate Banking Committee which is hugely important in setting the direction for financial […]

Idaho State Issues Working Group Finalizing Recommendations to Further Modernize the Charter

Working in cooperation with the leadership team at the Idaho Department of Finance, members of the Idaho State Issues Working Group (I-SIWG) have come together to identify and develop additional modernization for the Credit Union Act in Idaho.  Over the past few months, a group of credit union leaders have taken an in-depth look at […]

NDAA 2020 Funding Goes Into Conference

The House Armed Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA-9) passed the National Defense Authorization Act for next fiscal year, specifically exempting language that would have given banks rent-free access to land and facilities on military bases that credit unions have due to their not-for-profit cooperative structure. After our success in the House, the […]

Oregon Legislature Update

Oregon Senate Republicans have agreed to come back to the Capitol on Saturday morning after nearly a week of being absent. The focus of the weekend will be the remaining budget bills.  Here is the latest from   SALEM — Oregon Senate Republicans plan to return to the state Capitol and resume voting on […]