It’s a good thing that Oregon credit union advocates brought specially designed cookies with them to the NWCUA’s Legislative Lunch @ the Capitol, because even on a very busy day during a short legislative session, they found lawmakers hungry to hear about the impact credit unions have on the communities they serve.
Gun control, marijuana and Cover Oregon were among the key issues on the agenda when Oregon lawmakers gathered in Salem last week for the third and final series of interim committee meetings leading to the Feb. 3 opening of a short legislative session.
Credit unions across Oregon are reaching out to lawmakers with face-to-face meetings designed to spread the word about the structure, value and impact of the credit union movement.
With SB 520 scheduled for a vote in the Oregon Senate General Government, Consumer, and Small Business Protection Committee next Friday, the Oregon Legislature is also considering NWCUA-supported proposals to increase funding for the Oregon Growth Board and Clean Energy Works Oregon.
Senate Bill 520 met no significant opposition its first public hearing yesterday in the Oregon Senate General Government, Consumer and Small-Business Protection Committee. The bill’s next step toward passage will come in the form of a committee vote.
Trade associations representing credit unions and several other cooperatives teamed up to treat Oregon legislators to lunch in what has become a highly anticipated tradition to kick off the upcoming session. Food was donated for the event by the farmers and ranchers who own many Oregon cooperatives.