NC is back in session; SC legislation recognizes credit unions for government shutdown assistance
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Both North and South Carolina general assemblies are back in session and Carolinas Credit Union League Vice Presidents of Governmental Affairs Evelyn Hawthorne (NC) and Billy Boylston (SC) are making sure credit unions are well positioned for another successful legislative year.
Lawmakers returned to Raleigh January 30 to begin work. The League and several credit union representatives participated in multiple pre-session welcome receptions and discussions to kick off the session. With the tighter margins between Republicans and Democrats, the common messages of goodwill and compromise were shared over appetizers and beverages. More to come in Monday’s North Carolina The Advocate newsletter.
True to their philosophy "people helping people," credit unions across the country stepped up to financially assist the over 800,000 federal workers affected by the government shutdown. Efforts by the League and CUNA to spread awareness of this assistance garnered attention from lawmakers on both the federal and state levels.
In South Carolina, state Senator John Scott (D-Richland) sponsored Resolution Senate Bill 418, which memorializes credit unions and other entities for supporting these workers. The resolution passed the SC Senate unanimously.
Sen. Scott also took the time to meet with Boylston to thank and express his support of credit unions.
"What credit unions have done... with interest free loans and working with those who need to pay water and light bills, utilities -- it was the banking industry, through credit unions, that led the way," said Sen. Scott.
Video of the interview can be seen below.