Oregon Legislative Update: Possessory Liens, Prize-Linked Savings Bills Still Alive

Two major issues of interest to credit unions – possessory liens and prize-linked savings — are still alive as the Oregon Legislature enters its fourth week of a short session.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Deadline Weeds Out WASHPOT, Other Bills

Several bills of interest to credit unions failed to clear their house of origin by last week’s deadline, but others – including the NWCUA-sponsored credit union merger bill — are still in play and have until Feb. 28 to pass their policy committee in the opposite house.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Last Chance for Bills to Clear House or Senate

Bills that aren’t considered in their house of origin by Feb. 18 will not advance in this year’s 60-day Washington legislative session.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Bills Must Clear Committees Today

Bills that fail to clear committees today and those that aren’t considered in their house of origin by Feb. 18 will not advance in this year’s 60-day Washington legislative session. But HB 2140, the NWCUA-sponsored credit union merger bill, has already been unanimously approved by the House.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Inslee Proposes Eliminating Seven Tax Breaks

Sales tax exemptions for bottled water, janitorial services and extracted fuel are among the tax breaks Gov. Jay Inslee would repeal under a plan to raise $200 million in the current biennium for K-12 education.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Key Legislation Advances

As Washington’s politically divided Legislature enters the third week of its 60-day session, the Northwest Credit Union Association is keeping a close watch on bills of interest to its members. Here’s what’s currently on the NWCUA’s radar.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: A Primer for the 2014 Session

Washington’s politically divided state Legislature kicked off the 2014 session last week with plenty of big issues on the table, including funding for education and transportation, but the combination of election-year politics and a short session may make reaching any kind of consensus difficult. Here’s a look at what to expect in Olympia.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Bill Addresses Credit Union Mergers

Washington’s politically divided Legislature returned to the state Capitol in Olympia on Monday, kicking off a 60-day session that is expected to tackle everything from education funding and transportation to gun control and marijuana.

Rep. Denny Heck to Co-Sponsor Supplemental Capital Bill

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck became the first member of the Washington delegation to add his name to the Capital Access for Small Businesses and Jobs Act this week, saying “supplemental capital lets us avoid the perverse situation of successful credit unions having to turn away deposits.”

Today is Tweet Tuesday; Credit Unions Asked to Send Twitter Messages to House

While congress is on recess this month, credit union advocates are keeping the tax discussion alive. The NWCUA is asking members to raise the roof and tweet the house today. Sample messages are available on the Association’s member website.

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Oregon Legislature Adjourns

The Oregon bank lobby’s attempts to tax credit unions died when the state legislature gaveled its session to a close Monday. Three anti credit union bills never made it past their assigned committees, while legislation updating the Oregon Credit Union Act was signed into law.

Washington State Legislature in Double-Overtime

The Washington Legislature has started its second special session of 2013. A possible state government shutdown looms if there is no budget agreement by June 30.

Credit Union Regulatory Relief Bill Taking Shape

A federal bill calling for comprehensive regulatory relief for credit unions is in the works in Washington. Supplemental capital, member business lending and other key initiatives are part of the 35-point package.

Thousands Dial in for CUNA’s “Don’t Tax My Credit Union” Call to Action

Thousands of American credit union advocates rallied around a “Don’t Tax My Credit Union” call to action Wednesday, dialing in or logging onto a webinar hosted by the Credit Union National Association. CUNA called on credit unions to engage millions of members to contact Congress immediately.

Northwest Delegation Hikes the Hill to Advocate for Credit Unions this Week

The NWCUA and a delegation of Northwest credit union advocates meet in Washington D.C. this week with key stakeholders in the Congressional tax reform discussion.

Oregon Revenue Package Due Thursday

With a goal of ending its session by early July at the latest, the Oregon Senate is working to finalize a revenue package that will pass both chambers. Meanwhile, a freshman lawmaker shares insight into the complicated process of getting legislation passed.

Committee Deadline Passes in Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Legislature has a more focused agenda for consideration, now that the April 18 deadline has passed for bills to move out of committee or die without hearings.

NWCUA Bill Passes to Advance Washington Credit Union Act as Legislature Heads into Final Weeks of Session

The NWCUA bill improving the Washington Credit Union Act has passed and is now headed to Governor Inslee’s desk.