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Activists helped enact laws for financial ed, saving

by Christine Henzig, Director of Communications Dec 01, 2017

Activism helped pass the Savings Promotion Act

The League's Government Affairs Committee member and AVP-Business Development Jeremiah DeGollon, of Summit Credit Union stood behind Governor Walker during the bill signing for the Savings Promotion Act along with (just right of him) League President & CEO Brett Thompson, League VP of Government Affairs Sarah Wainscott, League Government Affairs Specialist Andrea Gugel, and other banking industry representatives.

 

Wisconsin credit union Activists' impact has helped enact law to help enhance financial education and saving opportunities for Wisconsinites.

What

Governor Scott Walker has signed into law two credit union-supported bills:

AB 283 / SB 213 - The Savings Promotion Act

The bill permits credit unions and other financial institutions to offer prize-linked savings accounts. In these programs, a consumer makes a deposit into a qualified savings account and in doing so is entered into a prize drawing – rewarding the individual for saving. Five-figure grand prizes have been typical, with some programs offering six- and even seven-figure jackpots. Since 2009, over $175 million has been saved by 75,000 credit union members nationwide. More than 80% of the people participating, nationwide were financially vulnerable and accumulated savings of over $2,400 on average. Similar programs are available in at least 10 other states. The League's Government Affairs Committee has recommended that The League Board consider developing a statewide program.

AB 280 / SB 212 - Financial Literacy 

This legislation - also passed unanimously by both legislative chambers - requires school boards to adopt financial literacy standards and curriculum for students in grades K-12. Support from Wisconsin credit unions has already helped a significant number of Wisconsin schools to adopt their own financial education requirements for graduation. This new law may encourage additional schools to seek partnerships to fulfill the statewide requirement. Be sure to reach out to schools in your area, and if you'd like ideas from other credit unions, reach out to peers through The League's online discussion platform, commUNITY.

Who

​The League, Filene Research Institute and Activists testified in support of both measures earlier this year. 

​When

The bills were signed into law November 27 and 30, respectively.

Why

Activists' support for both measures stems from The League's Legislative Guiding Principles - which are affirmed by credit union representatives on our Government Affairs Committee

How

YOU can keep this valuable momentum going! Be sure you're signed on as an Activist and join us at The League's State Government Affairs Conference, set for January 24 in Madison. We're offering some great discounts to help get you there!

More Information

Read about our other successes in credit union advocacy - and much more - in 2017.

 

Credit union representatives attended the signing of the bill requiring financial education

Attending the signing of the bill requiring financial education were (L to R) League Government Affairs Specialist Andrea Gugel; Summit Credit Union representatives Jeremiah DeGollon, SVP - Marketing Chris Schell and President/CEO Kim Sponem; League President & CEO Brett Thompson; Royal Credit Union Director of Public Affairs & Financial Education Jennifer McHugh; and League VP of Government Affairs Sarah Wainscott.


Wisconsin credit unions come together as a single League to Unite for Good; we remove barriers, increase awareness and foster service excellence. All of these steps help more Americans to see credit unions as their best financial partner and regard their credit union as their primary financial institution. Read more articles in our Unite for Good series.