Legislative Advocacy

2013 Congressional Visit


21st Annual Congressional Visit

"Community banks have been unfairly targeted with a vast array of new
and costly regulations. It is time we set about on a course to
establish a two tiered regulatory system...one for the risky practices
of the too big to fail institutions and one for risk averse community
banks. Our time to make that happen in the US Congress is now."

20th Annual Congressional Visit


The financial services industry is facing unprecedented challenges, not the least of which are emanating from the legislative and regulatory bodies in Washington, D.C. Community banks need to stand together and send a consistent message to our elected representatives and regulators. IBAT represents you and you alone. Our message is neither diluted nor compromised. The time to fight for community banking’s future is now!

ATM Disclosure Suits


IBAT's goal is to provide a diversity of opinions and viewpoints about
national banking news.  Some news articles do not necessarily reflect
the opinion of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

By Ed Roberts

A coalition of bank and credit-union lobbyists joined the ATM industry in requesting legislation to stop lawsuits alleging violation of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act... read more.

Texas Finance Commission Appointments


Governor Rick Perry last week reappointed two members and named a new appointee to the Texas Finance Commission.  All the appointments are for terms ending February 1, 2018. 

Jay Shands, President and CEO of First Bank and Trust East Texas, Lufkin, was reappointed as one of the now two commercial bank representatives. 

Darby Byrd is the retired CEO of Orange Savings Bank, and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the bank.  He has been reappointed as the savings bank representative.

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