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Early Voting for the Tennessee State Primary

I’m Matt Coniglio, the Tennessee League’s Director of Advocacy. While I typically discuss state legislation, recap past sessions, or fundraise for our State PAC to keep credit unions in lawmakers’ minds, today I’m writing about an important event in our political cycle: early voting for this year’s Tennessee State Primary, which begins tomorrow. Starting tomorrow, […]

Credit Unions Advocate for Members During Congressional Recess

August signals back-to-school time for many children and families. For representatives in Congress, the month is about going back to their districts to hear from their constituents. These personal meetings are some of the most effective means of political communication. The in-district connections play a vital role in building relationships with lawmakers who make decisions […]

Chattanooga Chapter of Credit Unions Hosts Legislative Forum

The Chattanooga Chapter of Credit Unions welcomed four state and federal elected officials to the Tuesday, Aug. 9, meeting. The following legislators participated in the event:Rep. Yusuf HakeemRep. Patsy HazelwoodRep. Greg MartinRep. Greg VitalSen. Todd Gardenhire The evening was an opportunity for credit union employees and leaders to meet legislators and discuss important credit union […]

Tennessee Legislature Wraps up 2022 Session

The 2022 portion of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly has concluded, marking the end of legislative business for the year. The 2022 session once again saw a coalition of credit unions, banks, and card companies team up to defeat harmful legislation that would have reduced interchange fee income that credit unions receive by 10%. While […]

NCUA Board Member Rodney Hood Visits Tennessee Roundtable

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NCUA Board Member Rodney Hood recently joined Tennessee credit unions in Nashville for a roundtable discussion. Thirteen credit unions were represented with more than 30 attendees. Credit unions discussed the current state of overdraft protection, fintech, crypto and digital currency, board modernization, and the CFPB. Board Member Hood focused on financial inclusion as the civil […]

2022 Legislative Regulatory Forum Highlights


2022 Leg Reg Highlights 2021 Efforts and Looks to Future After being unable to host our typical winter event in 2021 due to COVID, credit unions across Tennessee were glad to be back in Nashville for the 2022 Legislative and Regulatory Forum. With an outstanding lineup of speakers, credit unions heard from regulatory and advocacy […]

Does Your Staff Know the Red Flags of Financial Exploitation?

Nearly five million older Americans are abused each year, creating an estimated $36.5 billion annual loss for victims. Financial exploitation occurs when one person misuses or takes the financial assets of a vulnerable adult for his or her benefit. This happens most often to adults who are elderly, disabled or both. Here are some of […]

TCUL Advocacy Update – May 13, 2021


The first session of the 112th General Assembly of Tennessee concluded last week, bringing to a close a final flurry of activity from the state’s lawmakers. On the credit union front, the bill to increase the Homestead Exemption passed both chambers unanimously and, last week, was signed into law by Governor Lee. This brought our […]

TriStar Advocacy Update – April 8, 2021


Nashville After months of hustle and bustle in the state legislature, credit union business is beginning to head for a conclusion. The much discussed interchange legislation, thanks to so many of you, was defeated for this year in both committees of record. While it will certainly be back, its defeat allows us to focus our […]

TriStar Advocacy Report


Homestead Exemption Bill Hits a Snag We have a couple of big updates on the state-level advocacy front to report. First, our bill to increase the Homestead Exemption hit a massive snag as Legal Services filed it with the wrong caption. This essentially renders the bill inoperable because the bill would change sections of the […]