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Senate Banking Committee to Hold Hearings on Wells Fargo Account Culture

The bank faces mounting pressure after employees reportedly set up as many as 1.5 million unauthorized accounts and applied for 565,000 credit cards without their customers’ consent.

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NWCUA Mourns Passing of Sen. Alan Bates

Well-regarded by colleagues, the legislator brought a physician’s background to his work in Oregon Senate. He was 71.

Washington Asset Building Coalition ‘Take Flight’ Conference Coming Soon

The May 25 conference will focus on four specific asset building strategies, featuring speakers and interactive discussions.

Senator Don Benton Honored

Washington State Senator Don Benton received the Community Impact Award for decades of service to consumers and credit unions. The honors were presented during Credit Union Day at the Capitol in Olympia last week.

Credit Unions Thank ‘Champion’ Senator Wyden at Portland Event

Credit union leaders thanked Senator Wyden for helping to protect credit unions’ tax status and for introducing a bill that would allow increased credit union lending to small businesses.

Oregon Credit Union Advocates Brief Senator Merkley in Preparation for Regulatory Hearing

Answering the call to advocacy engagement, Oregon credit union advocates showed the Senator’s staff the impact regulatory burden has on their members’ ability to get the services they need.

Merkley, Wyden, Blumenauer Push Legislation Clearing Marijuana Banking Smoke

Oregon Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Blumenauer held a news conference at Rivermark Community Credit Union to call attention to the near impossibility credit unions face banking legal marijuana business. They scored the attention of all major Portland media outlets.

Senator Wyden Introduces Bill to Increase Credit Union Lending to Small Businesses

The bill fixes a disparity in how certain real estate loans are classified, allowing credit unions to provide more capital to the small businesses that create jobs and fuel growth in our communities.

News From Inside the Oregon State Capitol, Feb 9-13

As the governor resigns, credit union bills are referred to committee and the legislative session marches on.

Oregon Legislative Session Preview

Lawmakers begin 2015 session; credit unions to introduce prize-linked savings, updates to the Oregon Credit Union Act.

Washington Legislative Week in Review, January 12-16

Legislature begins long session under Supreme Court contempt order; will tackle taxes, education and transportation issues.

Credit Union Champions Enjoy Successful Midterms at Federal and State Levels

Credit-union-backed candidates won more than 90% of their elections nationally, with even higher numbers in Oregon and Washington.

Merkley Shares Senate Reform Agenda with Credit Unions

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley recently met with credit union leaders. He shared his vision to reform Senate practices and discussed examples of how the regulatory burden impacts credit unions and members.

Senate Committee Recommends Metsger Confirmation to NCUA Board

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs has recommended the Senate confirmation of Oregonian Rick Metsger to the NCUA board. The full Senate will next schedule a confirmation vote.

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Former Oregon State Senator Rick Metsger Nominated by President Obama to NCUA Seat

President Obama has announced his nomination of former Oregon State Senator Rick Metsger to become a member of the NCUA Board of Directors.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Legislature in Session, NWCUA Establishes State Priorities

The 2013 session of the Washington State Legislature began on Jan. 14 with three significant items on the year’s agenda: adopting a budget through 2017, resolving public education requirements and finalizing details related to Medicaid expansion.

Elected Officials Conducting Town Hall Meetings in Oregon

This federal legislative update outlines significant cost-cutting issues facing members of Congress and offers opportunities to voice opinions.

Congress Passes Legislation to Raise Debt Ceiling; Measure Headed to President Obama

After weeks of angst, Congress passes a bill to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and cut federal spending.