The General Assembly convenes Wednesday, but the legislators are already back in Richmond holding fundraisers and getting caught up with each other and hearing from lobbyists on their issues.
Virginia’s credit unions were part of the mix, with League President Rick Pillow and Governmental Affairs Director Karin Sherbin attending the pre-session events.
Meanwhile, the credit union lobbyists at Hunton & Williams finished drafting the League bill on bylaw procedures for state chartered credit unions and filed it at the General Assembly. See bill at end of listserv.
House Majority Leader Kirk Cox hosted a major fundraiser Monday night, and told Pillow and Sherbin that he used the annual CU Day at the General Assembly as an example of lobbying when talking to his social studies students earlier in the day about advocacy. Rep. Cox will see his credit union constituents’ lobbying next on Jan. 24, when the Southside Chapter returns to the Capitol.
At the Cox fundraiser, Pillow and Sherbin alerted legislators to the one bill the League expects to introduce this session to make it easier for state chartered credit unions to make bylaw changes. Lawmakers receiving the credit union greeting were Speaker Howell and Dels. Steve Landes, John O’Bannon (who told Del. Riley Ingram what a great volunteer Bill Dawson is on campaigns), Ben Cline, Jimmie Massie (who keynoted the Richmond Chapter’s legislative breakfast), Tony Wilt and Greg Habeeb with his wife Christy. Pillow and Sherbin also introduced themselves to incoming Dels. Keith Hodges, Nick Rush (with his young son Forrest who is helping his dad for a week while school is out), and Michael Webert.
Afterwards, the League staff went to the fundraiser hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus, delivering the same message to lawmakers including Sens. Henry Marsh, Louise Lucas andJohn Edwards, and Dels. Mamye BaCote, Rosalyn Dance, Roslyn Tyler, Jennifer McClellan, Vivian Watts, Mark Sickles, Betsy Carr, Eileen Filler-Corn, Jim Scott, and Luke Torian.
Tuesday will bring additional opportunities to get the credit union message out, beginning with a breakfast hosted by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, and a luncheon hosted by the Senate Republicans. At 2 p.m. Pillow and Sherbin will be joined by Senior Vice President David Miles to meet with House Minority Leader David Toscano and other House Democratic caucus leaders at the General Assembly. Then in the evening all three League staff will attend events hosted by House Speaker Howell and his Republican caucus, and a reception and dinner featuring the joint Democratic caucuses in the House and Senate. Wednesday morning Pillow will attend the annual legislative prayer breakfast.
League attendance at the events were underwritten by VACUPAC contributions. The League tries as much as possible to leverage VACUPAC donations to lawmakers by having credit union advocates attend fundraisers and bolster credit union relationships with elected officials. When fundraisers are held in district, the League tries to match the fundraiser with constituents.
If you are interested in participating in district fundraisers, let your chapter representative on the League’s Governmental Affairs Committee know or contact Karin Sherbin at the League. And thank you to Diane Nortness of Langley, who attended a district fundraiser Monday with incoming Delegate David Yancey.