Pub 12 2023 Issue 6

2023 KBA Federal Affairs Committee, KBA Board and KBA’s Bank Leaders of Kansas (BLOK) Class March on Washington, D.C., a Success! embers of the KBA Federal Affairs Committee, KBA Board of Directors and the 2023 KBA BLOK class embarked on a multi-day journey in our nation’s capital to engage with Kansas’ Congressional representatives and federal banking regulators, discussing vital matters concerning the banking industry. The event kicked off on Sunday evening, September 17, when the BLOK class commenced their visit with an enlightening guided night tour of Washington, D.C.’s iconic memorials and monuments. Monday morning sessions began with an ABA 101 session hosted at the American Bankers Association’s new office. The day continued with a panel featuring two Chiefs of Staff from Kansas’ Congressional offices. On Tuesday, the entire delegation reconvened at the ABA office to engage in dialogues with key regulatory bodies, including the FDIC, the OCC and CFPB. The discussions centered around regulatory priorities, covering topics such as DIF modernization, bank capital levels and Section 1071 compliance. In addition, bankers received a comprehensive Farm Bill briefing from ABA staff and gained insights into the FHFA’s System 100 report. ABA Government Relations Team members (L-R) Chris Fisher, Kirsten Sutton and Ginny O’Neal updated Kansas bankers on KBA’s legislative priorities, giving important advice and talking points for each issue. Leonard Wolfe, President/CEO of United Bank & Trust in Marysville, expressed his gratitude to Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, who serves as the lead sponsor of the ACRE Act in the Senate (S. 237). Kansas U.S. Senator Roger Marshall reaffirmed his strong support for the ACRE Act (S. 237). During this important moment, Mark Schifferdecker, President/CEO of GNBank in Girard, extended his heartfelt gratitude to Senator Marshall for his steady dedication to the cause. Bankers urged Representative Sharice Davids (3rd District) to co-sponsor the ACRE Act (HR 3139). Alex Goodpaster, a member of the 2023 KBA BLOK class and VP at Equity Bank, emphasized the Act’s importance given rising interest rates. M 6