PORTLAND, Maine (2/4/13)--The Maine Credit Union League met last week with the president of the Maine Senate, and the speaker of the house in separate meetings at the State House in Augusta, as part of its ongoing efforts to build and strengthen relationships with legislative leaders.
Both meetings were "educational, informational and beneficial," said league President John Murphy (Weekly Update Feb. 1).
"Having an opportunity to sit down with both of the top legislative officers in the Maine House and Senate prior to hearings on any bills or issues we are working on allowed us to outline and communicate our legislative priorities and perspective," Murphy added. "Both leaders appreciated having a discussion on what bills we are working on and may be involved in during the session very early on before the pace of bills and hearings really picks up."
At the meeting with Senate President Justin Alfond, the league highlighted the strength of credit unions and the willingness and readiness of credit unions to lend money. Alfond learned that Maine's credit unions continued to lend throughout the economic crisis and challenges of the past few years.
Alfond recognized the important role that credit unions have in Maine's economy, saying he he would like credit union feedback included in the work of a new Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future recently formed by the legislature.
Speaker of the House Mark Eves said he noticed signs at credit unions in his district about having money to lend. That is a good development because it helps consumers and the economy, he added.
On the same day, the league also hosted its final Legislative Breakfast in Augusta. Many legislators from the county attended, and were supportive and spoke proudly of their credit union membership. Every attendee had at least one credit union account.