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Champions Club Speaker Announced!
Feb 21, 2024

AFSA is pleased to confirm that two-time NBA champion, college All-American, and award-winning broadcaster Kenny Smith will serve as the 2024 Champions Club keynote speaker at the 2024 Independents Conference and Expo. Known throughout his basketball career by the nickname “The Jet,” Kenny Smith today co-hosts the top-rated “Inside The NBA,” alongside Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson […]

February White Paper: Vehicle Data Privacy
Feb 15, 2024

AFSA’s February State Government Affairs white paper is now available. This month’s white paper delves into vehicle data privacy. As the prevalence of vehicle automation and data processing rises in the automotive industry, the use of this data will increasingly attract attention from regulators, consumers, and industry stakeholders. While only a few states have developed comprehensive privacy guidelines specifically addressing vehicle data, privacy concerns […]

Fun Congressional Recess Facts
Feb 15, 2024

As of yesterday, both the House and the Senate are in “recess” for the upcoming week of President’s Day. A quick glance at the congressional calendar for the year shows that about twenty recess weeks, or state work periods, are scheduled for 2024. This number is a little higher than normal due to the presidential election, […]

NY’s Concerning Junk Fee Bill
Feb 15, 2024

Last week, the State Government Affairs team at AFSA sent a comment letter to the New York Senate regarding the proposed regulations for the New York Junk Fee Prevention Act. In the letter AFSA highlights concerns with the proposal and its wide-ranging scope and ambiguous wording which creates uncertainty for financial services. The letter expresses that […]

Fed: Credit Balances on the Rise
Feb 15, 2024

Consumer credit balances reached a record $17.5 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, which draws on data from the bank’s Consumer Credit Panel and Equifax. That was an increase of $212 billion, or 1.2 percent, from the third quarter and […]

FTC “Unfair or Deceptive Fees” Rulemaking
Feb 15, 2024

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning “unfair or deceptive fees.” AFSA commented on the proposed rule this week, agreeing with the FTC that consumers should be protected from hidden or misleading fees and explaining that in the financial services market they already are. With this rulemaking, the FTC is attempting to eliminate: […]

2024 Independents Conference Keynote Confirmed!
Feb 08, 2024

Strengthen every relationship you build. Gain more impact and influence in your life and your business at AFSA’s 2024 Independents Conference & Expo. AFSA is pleased to announce that Lt. Col. (ret.) Scott Mann will keynote the 2024 Independents Conference & Expo at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., May 20-23. Described as […]

Post-’24 Committee Leadership Will Change
Feb 01, 2024

As Congressional members continue to announce retirements and election match-ups become more clear, much speculation has been put into how committee leadership will change following the 2024 elections. The process to determine chairs and ranking members differs across the two bodies and the two parties but relies generally on the same structure. Senate: Committee assignments are […]

AFSA Supports Competition and Access to Credit
Jan 24, 2024

AFSA joined with the National Association of Industrial Bankers, the Utah Bankers Association, and the Nevada Bankers Association in a letter to all Senators in opposition to S. 3538, the misnamed “Close the Shadow Banking Loophole Act,” introduced at the end of last year. The associations explained that the bill would reduce credit and financing […]

Congress Has Questions About “Risky Business”
Jan 23, 2024

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to express their concerns about a CFPB nonbank procedural rule. These eight members, many of whom serve on the House Financial Services Committee, echoed concerns that AFSA had shared with the CFPB before the rule was finalized. […]

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