League ramps up push for S. 337 bill as SC General Assembly returns to session
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The 2nd regular session of the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly convened yesterday, January 9, 2018. As this is the second year of the current session cycle, any bills that do not pass before session adjourns in May must be reintroduced as new legislation in 2019.
“The League’s main focus in South Carolina is passing Senate bill 337, which updates and modernizes our state credit union charter, however, we continue to monitor all financial services bills,” said Billy Boylston, VP of governmental affairs for the Carolinas Credit Union League.
Since session adjournment last May, the League has made it a top priority to educate local lawmakers on the distinct differences between banks and credit unions and what makes credit unions exceptionally unique. Part of this overall education and engagement with lawmakers includes strategically spearheading many local chapter events, credit union visits, and in-district visits with lawmakers. The League also partnered with SC-based digital advertising firm Push Digital to create a statewide credit union awareness campaign to advocate for S. 337.
“If you are not already a part of our digital campaign we greatly encourage you and your credit union to get involved today,” said Maggie Ambrose, PAC/grassroots specialist for the League. “Taking action is easy! Visit MySCCreditUnion.com and use the pre-populated email template to request your senator’s support. You can also keep up to date with bill progress by “liking” My SC Credit Union on Facebook and following on Twitter.”
The subcommittee hearing for S. 337 is on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, making it critical that credit unions take action now. In addition to credit union participation in the campaign, the League is asking for any available credit union representatives to attend the subcommittee hearing.
“Your presence sends a strong message and lawmakers need to know you care,” added Boylston. “Specifics on the subcommittee hearing will be shared with credit unions in the coming weeks.”
CU advocates attend first subcommittee hearing on S. 337 – From the State Capital – 4/21/2017