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Roanoke Valley Chapter Holds Legislators' Night

By Karin Sherbin

The Roanoke Valley Chapter held its legislator’s night last week on International Credit Union Day, attracting three lawmakers and four staff representatives, including three from Congressional offices.

Fifty credit union members heard the following from their guests:

State Sen. John... More

Legislators Tell Central VA Chapter To Stay in Touch

By Karin Sherbin

The Central Virginia Chapter held its annual legislative breakfast Wednesday, with good cheer and discussions lighting up the gloom from lingering rainstorms.

Credit union constituents talked issues at their tables with the lawmakers and the staff member representing Congressman Bob... More

Legislative Lollapalooza Raises Money for VACUPAC and Awareness on Advocacy

By Karin Sherbin

Golf Tourney Raises $6,000-Plus for VACUPAC

Bill Dawson

Faithful VACUPAC Golf Tournament volunteer Bill Dawson.

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Tidewater Chapter Hosts Area Lawmakers

Tidewater Chapter Hosts Area Lawmakers

Members of the General Assembly joined Tidewater-area credit unions on Oct. 9 for the Chapter's annual Legislator Night. Pictured... More

Piedmont Chapter Hosts Legislative Night

The Piedmont Chapter held this year’s first Legislator’s Event on Tuesday at its meeting in Danville. Four state lawmakers attended: Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), and Dels. Les Adams (R-Chatham), Danny Marshall (R-Danville) and Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill). 

Legislatives aides Angie... More

NoVA Chapter Wraps Up CU Day Events with Successful Richmond Visits

About 20 members of the NoVA Chapter held the last of this year’s CU Days at the General Assembly on Tuesday. A successful round  of conversations with legislators included formal appointments with freshmen and then meet and greet at a reception held in a conference room of the General Assembly... More

Hampton Roads, Tidewater Chapters Have Successful Day at General Assembly

Credit union champions from Hampton Roads and Tidewater met with their lawmakers on Tuesday in the General Assembly, kicking off the CU Days.

 The League has no bills this session and no major opposition to other legislation, though we are monitoring bills to comment on some of the details. With... More

CU Days Set for General Assembly Session

Credit union chapters will be heading to Richmond on the following dates:

  • Jan. 20: Piedmont
  • Jan. 21: Tidewater and Hampton Roads
  • Jan. 22: Central VA, Richmond, Roanoke Valley, Southwest
  • Jan. 23: Lynchburg and Southside
  • Feb. 5: NOVA

What the League will do for CU Day
• We will provide background... More

Legislation Begins To Roll in for 2014 General Assembly Session

We’re starting to track legislation filed for the upcoming General Assembly session, which began Jan. 8. The

League has no legislation this session, and so far we have not seen any bills that we need to oppose.
Below is an example of a few bills that have some relevancy to credit unions:

League Attend Prayer Breakfast for Legislators

President Rick Pillow and Vice President for Public Relations Lewis Wood represented the League  Wednesday at the Commonwealth of Virginia Prayer Breakfast.

This annual event is held the morning of the day that the General Assembly convenes.  Pillow said the League was seated next to Del. Greg... More

Roundup of General Assembly-Related News & Newsmakers

Washington Post: Cuccinelli Says He’ll Return To Private Practice, But Is that All?

In his first interview since Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated him to become the state’s 72nd governor, Cuccinelli (R) said Monday that although he has no current plans to run, he finds the idea of challenging Sen.... More

Roanoke Hosts Legislators at Chapter Meeting

About 40 credit union members heard area lawmakers praise credit unions and urge them to stay in contact during the Roanoke Valley Chapter’s annual legislators’ night.

Sen. John Edwards and Dels. Greg Habeeb, Charles Poindexter, and Onzlee Ware spoke at the event. Sen. Bill Stanley also dropped by,... More

Lynchburg Chapter Hosts Local Lawmakers During Annual Legislative Night

Photo Gallery: Lynchburg Legislative Night

The Lynchburg Chapter hosted Dels. Lacey Putney (I-19), Scott Garrett (R-23) and Matt Fariss (R-59) at the Chapter's Annual Legislative Night. The Oct. 8 event drew 40 credit union supporters to Beacon Credit Union's headquarters.

Putney, who is retiring after... More

Central Virginia Chapter Hosts Lawmakers for Legislators’ Breakfast

In lively discussion at the Wednesday morning legislators’ breakfast hosted by the Central Virginia chapter, lawmakers urged political involvement by credit unions, and credit unions illustrated why they still earn a tax exemption. Thirty credit union members heard this morning from state Sen.... More

CU Members Raise Nearly $8,000 for VACUPAC at League Tournament; Top Legislative Issues Discussed at Forum

CU Advocates Get the Scoop on Campaigns, Legislation at Legislative Forum on Wednesday

Tuesday (Sept. 24) and Wednesday (Sept. 25) were mega-days for governmental affairs. On Tuesday golfers teed up for VACUPAC at the annual VACUPAC golf tournament, raising $7,925.00 for the only political action committee... More

Piedmont Chapter Hosts Legislative Night

The Piedmont Chapter saluted five legislators at the chapter’s annual legislative chapter meeting, and gave a special nod to the state lawmaker who is retiring at the end of this year.

Those attending the special chapter meeting were: State Sen. Frank Ruff, whose district includes part of the city of... More

League President Pillow Wraps Up Week of Events with Key Lawmakers

League President Rick Pillow attended three fundraisers at our external lobbying firm of Hunton & Williams this week for lawmakers key to credit unions. The events supported Sen. Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35), and Dels. Jimmie Massie (R-72) and Lynwood Lewis (D-100).

Saslaw and Lewis sit on... More

League Represents Credit Unions at Annual Democratic Retreat

League President Rick Pillow and Senior Vice President David Miles are representing Virginia’s credit unions at the annual retreat of Democratic state senators and delegates.

Pillow reports that the League had good conversations on the links with Sen. Henry Marsh (Courts of Justice member), House Minority... More

Four League-Endorsed Candidates Win in Primaries; Two Fall Short

Four League-endorsed political candidates won their primary challenges June . They are Democrat Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg, and Republicans Bobby Orrock of Thornburg and Todd Gilbert of  Woodstock. Endorsed candidate John Cosgrove, Republican of Chesapeake, earlier won his primary for the right... More

League Helps Welcome Past Three House Speakers to Lynchburg

League-Endorsed John Cosgrove Wins GOP Nomination for State Senate Seat

Del. John Cosgrove, endorsed by the Virginia Credit Union League, comfortably won his party's nomination in a firehouse primary last Thursday, earning a chance to succeed retiring state Sen. Harry Blevins.

Cosgrove bested Portsmouth's Chris Stearns and Chesapeake resident Bill Haley. He received 1,362... More

League-Endorsed State Senate Candidate John Cosgrove Faces May 9 Primary; Help His Campaign, Get Out and Vote!

Del. John Cosgrove (R-78) faces off May 9 against his Republican challenger for the GOP nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Harry Blevins. The Senate district covers part of Chesapeake, Franklin City, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

Cosgrove is a member... More

League President Updates State Legislators on CU Issues

League President Rick Pillow met Tuesday with Senate and House leaders at fundraisers hosted by the League’s lobbying firm, Hunton & Williams.

Pillow met with House Majority Leader Kirk Cox and top Senate Republican leaders: Ryan McDougle, Republican Caucus Chairman and member of the Courts of Justice... More

League Endorses Six State Lawmakers; Seeks CUs' Aid for Campaigns

Your League has endorsed a slate of lawmakers in upcoming primaries and the general election. All have proven to be good friends to Virginia's credit unions, and most are veteran lawmakers.

Our hope is that you'll get involved and help these lawmakers any way you can. If you can help, please contact your... More

Governor Signs Credit Union Bills

League President Rick Pillow reports that the House versions of our two parity bills - HB 1351 and HB 1686 – have been signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell. They will take effect in July.

We thank all the credit union advocates who helped with our General Assembly efforts this year.... More

Lynchburg Chapter Spreads the CU Message During Visit to the General Assembly

The Lynchburg Chapter had its day in Richmond Monday, with members of Beacon CU telling delegation members thank you for their support of the state chartered credit union bylaw bill and noting how Beacon helps its members with special hands-on services.

Beacon CEO Greg McConville, joined by Beacon staff... More

Roanoke Valley, Southwestern Va. Chapters Made Tuesday a CU Day at the General Assembly

Fifteen credit union advocates from the Roanoke Valley and Southwest chapters made Tuesday their CU Day at the General Assembly, visiting their legislators and raising awareness of credit unions everywhere with our trademark red scarves.

Advocates met with legislators and/or their aides from the following... More

Richmond Chapter Sweeps through General Assembly Building Wednesday for its CU Day

Twenty five representatives of the Richmond Chapter took their turn at CU Day on Wednesday, trekking through the halls of the General Assembly over the course of three hours to talk to 22 legislators or their aides about the credit union message. Appointments were made with the following legislators,... More

General Assembly News & Notes

Virginia’s Foreclosure Bills Go Down

We get this report from our lobbying firm about the foreclosure bills we’ ve been monitoring: “House Courts Civil subcommittee met yesterday and dispatched all the foreclosure bills. The homeowner association priority lien bills are up (Thursday) afternoon... More

The Good News From Richmond Continues: All But One Priority Lien Bill Essentially Axed; Remaining Bill Faces Uphill Struggle

Breaking news from the General Assembly: All but one of the homeowner association priority lien bills considered  this afternoon in the House General Laws Housing subcommittee have been tabled, reports League President Rick Pillow from Richmond.

This continues the good news for credit unions... More

Thanks for Making CU Day Events a Success! We Couldn’t Do It Without You!

Many thanks to all the credit union champions for making their way to Richmond during the past two weeks for our Credit Union Day events. Our visits do make a difference! We’ve been praised for the reasonable position we took … Continue reading →

NoVa Chapter Wraps Up CU Days at the General Assembly with Marathon Sprint!

Advocates shared stories of their small, low-interest loans helping members with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mark Sickles. From left to right: Gaye DeCesare, David Woodruff, Del. Sickles, and Mike Ligon.

Ten members of the NOVA chapter took on the assignment Wednesday morning of stopping by the offices... More

General Asssembly Updates

We’ve updated the long list of bills we’re carefully monitoring in the 2012 General Assembly session. See the lists here:http://www.vacul.org/advocacy/gov_affairs/state/ga12_bills.php.

It’s mostly good news to report from Richmond: Not only have legislators unanimously approved our twin bills on... More

Hampton Roads Hosts Legislators’ Night

Five state lawmakers gave 40 attendees of the Hampton Roads legislators’ night a glimpse of what it’s like in the General Assembly as they engaged in lively discussions with credit union representatives.

Attending the event were Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment and Sen. John Miller, as well as... More

Lynchburg, Central Virginia Chapters Hold Smashing Legislative Events!

CONTACT:
Karin Sherbin
Director of Governmental Affairs
800.768.3344, erct. 626

State lawmakers urged credit union members to stay in touch with them and provide them insight into the credit union movement during their appearances at legislators events for the Lynchburg and Central Virginia delegations.... More

NoVa Chapter Hosts Legislators, Aides at Oct. 10 Event

CONTACT:
Karin Sherbin
Director of Governmental Affairs
800.768.3344, ext. 626
ksherbin@vacul.org

Here is the official report of who was at the Northern Virginia legislators’ reception Oct. 10:

Legislators and Officials Attending:

  • Representative Gerry Connolly
  • Mary Ann Cannon from Representative... More

Tidewater Chapter Marks Legislators’ Night

CONTACT:
Lewis Wood
Vice President of Public Relations and Communications
800.768.3344, ext. 629
lwood@vacul.org

More than sixty credit union supporters attended the Tidewater Chapter’s Legislative night on Oct. 11. State Sen. Ken Alexander and Del. Lionel Spruill Sr. were in attendance and thanked... More

Roanoke Valley Chapter Hosts Lawmakers

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League Working With Lawmakers to Introduce Two Measures in 2013 General Assembly

With the General Assembly session just a month or so away (Jan. 9), we wanted  to bring you up to date on two pieces of legislation we plan to have introduced.

The first proposal simply fixes an oversight in recent updates to the small  estates act and allows federally chartered credit unions... More

Richmond Chapter Wraps Up This Year’s Legislative Events

CONTACT:
Karin Sherbin
Director of Governmental Affairs
800.768.3344, ext. 626
ksherbin@vacul.org

Nearly 100 people attended the Richmond Chapter’s legislative breakfast Thursday morning, hearing comments from U.S. Senator-Elect Tim Kaine and keynote speaker Delegate Peter Farrell.

Among the audience... More

Richmond Advocates Knock Out Another Successful CU Day at the General Assembly

More than 20 Richmond credit union advocates, including League Board members Iris Ellis, Rose Gilliam, Patsy Smith and Chris Williams, swept through the General Assembly offices this morning to thank lawmakers for their support of our bills this session and to update them on the Credit Union Difference.... More

House of Delegates Passes Our CU Bills!

The House approved our two House bills – HB 1351 and HB 1686 – on Monday, 87-to-0. The House vote follows last week’s Senate approval of SB 905 and SB 769.

Next up: the bills will be sent to the opposite chambers on crossover day (Feb. 5) for a vote. Though partisanship heated... More

Hampton Roads, Tidewater Chapters Roll Into Richmond for CU Day Event

Credit union advocates representing Hampton Roads and Tidewater swept through the General Assembly Tuesday morning, thanking lawmakers for their support of our two parity bills that have passed both the House and the Senate without opposition. The House and Senate bills will switch chambers... More

Roanoke Valley and Southwestern Va. Chapters Get It Done at General Assembly!

The 15 advocates from the western part of Virginia held a very successful CU Day at the General Assembly on Jan. 16. Stops included the chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, Del. Terry Kilgore, and the patron of one of our bills, Del. Greg Habeeb.

Along the way there were many good conversations.... More

Credit Union Bills in State Senate Pass First Test

League President Rick Pillow reports that SB 905 and SB 769 have passed the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Jan. 14, 15-to-0. Both Bills should be on the Senate Floor by mid-week. On to House Commerce and Labor Committee, where the House version of our bills are on the... More

Credit Union Bills Sail Through House Committee

We’re on a roll…League President Rick Pillow reports from Richmond that the House Commerce and Labor Committee unanimously passed our credit union bills – HB 1351 and HB 1686 – at 2:30 p.m. today (Jan. 15). They are off to the House floor for consideration.

SB 905 and ... More

15 NoVa-Area Credit Union Reps Participate in CU Day at the General Assembly Event

Fifteen advocates from the NoVa Chapter inaugurated this year’s CU Days at the General Assembly with a whirlwind trip to visit 47 legislative offices Tuesday morning.

Tuesday afternoon, the House Commerce and Labor Committee passed both House versions of our parity bills ( HB 1351 and ... More

Roanoke Valley and Southwestern Va. Chapters Get It Done at General Assembly!

The 15 advocates from the western part of Virginia held a very successful CU Day at the General Assembly on Jan. 16. Stops included the chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, Del. Terry Kilgore, and the patron of one of our bills, Del. Greg Habeeb.

Along the way there were many good conversations.... More

Hampton Roads, Tidewater Chapters Roll Into Richmond for CU Day Event

Credit union advocates representing Hampton Roads and Tidewater swept through the General Assembly Tuesday morning, thanking lawmakers for their support of our two parity bills that have passed both the House and the Senate without opposition. The House and Senate bills will switch chambers... More

House of Delegates Passes Our CU Bills!

The House approved our two House bills – HB 1351 and HB 1686 – on Monday, 87-to-0. The House vote follows last week’s Senate approval ofSB 905 and SB 769.

Next up: the bills will be sent to the opposite chambers on crossover day (Feb. 5) for a vote. Though partisanship heated... More

Richmond Advocates Knock Out Another Successful CU Day at the General Assembly

More than 20 Richmond credit union advocates, including League Board members Iris Ellis, Rose Gilliam, Patsy Smith and Chris Williams, swept through the General Assembly offices this morning to thank lawmakers for their support of our bills this session and to update them on the Credit Union Difference.... More

CU Bills Get Final Seal of Approval; Off to Governor

League President Rick Pillow reports that the House of Delegates this afternoon passed the Senate versions (SB 905 and SB 769) of our credit union bills.

The Senate earlier passed the House versions. What this means is that our bills have received their final legislative seal of approval and... More

Credit Union Legislation Continues Journey Through General Assembly; Senate Committee Passes House-Approved Measures

UPDATE: (Feb. 6, 2013) (4:40 pm) – HB 1351 and HB 1686 have passed the Senate! They are off to the governor for his signature, something which could occur before the end of the General Assembly session, but certainly no later than July 1.

SB 905 and SB 769 are on the House Commerce... More

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