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State lawmakers support Iowa CUs Little Guy
DES MOINES, Iowa (2/20/09)--Iowa state legislative leaders showed their support for Iowa credit unions and credit union principles represented by the “Little Guy” at the Iowa Credit Union League’s (ICUL) annual Legislative and Regulatory Issues Conference Feb. Tuesday and Wednesday in Des Moines.
Attendees at the Iowa Credit Union League’s annual Legislative and Regulatory Issues Conference included, from left, (front row): Warren Morrow, Coopera Consulting; State Sen. Brian Schoenjahn (D-12); and Marybeth Foster, Iowa Credit Union Foundation. From left, (back row): Dick Noble, University of Iowa Community CU, Iowa City; Andy Hawkinson, DuTrac Community CU, Dubuque; Joe Hearn, Dupaco Community CU, Dubuque; Pat Jury, Iowa Credit Union League president/CEO; and Jason Norton, DuTrac Community CU, Dubuque. (Photo provided by the Iowa Credit Union League)
More than 100 Iowa credit union representatives convened at the conference to learn about legislative issues affecting the credit union industry and to interact with legislators. Conference participants and state legislators were introduced to “The Little Guy,” who represents hard-working men and women of Iowa that credit unions serve. Speakers included U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-1), State Rep. Tom Schueller (D-25), State Rep. Kevin Koester (R-70) and State Sen. Jeff Danielson (D-10). Schueller praised the Iowa credit union movement for providing individual development accounts to help low-income Iowans acquire assets through a matched savings and financial literacy program. Danielson commended the credit union industry’s sustainable, community-oriented business and leadership model. He said he hopes Iowa’s Main Street values come to the forefront in these challenging times. Also, ICUL recognized State Sen. Brian Schoenjahn (D-12) with the league’s Youth Financial Literacy Award, given to state lawmakers instrumental in advocating for financial literacy. Schoenjahn, a former teacher, is passionate about improving the financial well-being of all Iowans through requiring financial literacy instruction in Iowa schools, ICUL said. Last year, historic legislation--Senate File 2216, which requires the teaching of financial literacy in all Iowa schools--was passed with his leadership and direction.


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