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Washington CUs flood state Capitol for data breach bill
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (1/23/08)--More than 100 credit union representatives met with Washington state legislators Thursday to encourage them to pass proposed data breach reimbursement legislation written by the Washington Credit Union League. The proposed bills, Senate Bill 6425 and House Bill 2838, were introduced Jan. 15. The bills would make the costs associated with data breaches, such as the TJX Cos. breach, a responsibility of the merchant. The legislation is sponsored by State Rep. Brendan Williams (D) in the House and State Sen. Rosa Franklin (D) in the Senate. Thursday’s visits provided an opportunity for Washington’s credit union industry to become familiar with the importance of legislative advocacy. “Approximately half of the people participating were first-timers,” said Washington league president/CEO John Annaloro. “This gives our 2008 legislative efforts a great start and shows the wide interest among Washington credit unions in becoming active in the lawmaking process.” In addition to the proposed legislation, credit unions also discussed Biz Kid$ and why credit unions support the children’s financial literacy television program. Prior to the visits, Stacy Augustine, league senior vice president and general counsel; and Mark Minickiello, vice president of legislative affairs, helped the attendees improve their lobbying skills. The league staff provided background on the bill and other bills of interest. “Our goal for the state Governmental Affairs Conference is to build and solidify relationships with our elected officials,” Augustine said. “And not just for our current session, but for legislative sessions 20 or 30 years from now.”


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