IBAT Chairman Jay Gober, Commissioner Charles Cooper of the Texas Department of Banking and IBAT staff are busy preparing for the upcoming Regional Meetings (Tour de Texas), beginning in two weeks. We will be traveling to 8 Texas cities in March to conduct briefings on our regulatory and legislative agenda.
Round 2 of the Tour, March 11-13, includes stops in Galveston, Schulenberg, Harlingen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Kilgore, Sulphur Springs and Dallas.
Anticipated action to provide relief from catastrophic premium increases on participants in the National Flood Insurance Program was delayed last week as House Republicans balked at the prospect of rubber stamping the previously-passed Senate version of the bill.
Preceding the vote, the editorial board of the USA Today lashed out at the plan, which would gut the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and delay premium increases for four years.
More than 150 community bankers joined together for a compliance update in Castroville last week, attending one of IBAT’s Cluster Programs. Bankers and Directors from Castroville State Bank, D'Hanis State Bank, First State Bank of Uvalde, Hondo National Bank and Lytle State Bank attended the training session led by expert trainer Mary White.
A few weeks ago you received information from our IBAT Leadership Division's Board of Directors asking for your help with IBAT’s annual March PAC Drive. Many of you have already been busy helping to raise funds for the IBAT PAC and IBAT FedPAC and we thank you - especially the employees of First National Bank of Ballinger (pictured)!
Community bankers are well aware of the significant impact that the Dodd-Frank Act has had on their business since 2010. Now, thanks to researchers at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, there is more empirical data to prove the effects of the law on community banks and their customers.
According to the report: