The Association is an active advocate for credit unions on both the state and federal level. In order to be successful in that role it must gather information, construct compelling and coherent arguments, organize support, communicate effectively and be persistent before Congress and the Rhode Island General Assembly.
Rhode Island Governmental Affairs Committee
A crucial part of the process of determining legislative goals and strategies is the Rhode Island Governmental Affairs Committee. The Committee is a body comprised of Rhode Island credit union leaders that represent the interest and needs of their credit union colleagues. Through their research and deliberations, they establish legislative priorities.
State Legislative Proposals
Each year there are numerous legislative filings that are of importance to the credit union community in Rhode Island. Some are filings designed to help credit unions serve their members better, and some are broad based bills that have an effect on all sectors of the financial services industry. The Association closely monitors all of these proposals and, when appropriate, advocates for the credit union position in every forum.
Congress, General Assembly and Committees
These links lead to the website for the U.S. Congress. There are a variety of useful resources in these sites, including access to information about bills and resolutions being considered in Congress, about committee offices and schedules, and about lists of lawmakers along with contact information.
Rhode Island General Assembly
This link leads to the website for the Rhode Island General Assembly. Many proposals impact the operation of credit unions, the role of credit unions as an employer, and the rights of members as consumers. There are a variety of useful resources on this site including an overview of the legislative process, links to the General Laws of Rhode Island, text of pending bills and lists of lawmakers along with contact information.
To check on the status of pending state legislative proposals, please access
Legislative committees consider each new piece of legislation that is filed before the General Assembly and make recommendations to the full legislative body as to whether legislation should pass, not pass or whether further study is needed. A list of legislative committees can be found at this address: www.rilin.state.ri.us/gen_assembly/ComMembers/gencomm.html