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March 2019

  • March 28, 2019

    Marijuana banking bill passes committee

    A congressional committee voted on and approved legislation for increasing marijuana businesses’ access to banks. After several days of debate, the House Financial Services Committee voted 45 to 15 on Thursday to advance the marijuana banking bill to the full body. According to an article from Forbes Magazine, floor action has not yet been scheduled, but cannabis reform advocates are …

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  • March 26, 2019

    OBA 2020 Views & Vistas Photo Contest accepting submissions

    The Oklahoma Bankers Association is proud to offer again the customized calendar, “Oklahoma Views & Vistas” from photographs of Oklahoma submitted by Oklahoma bankers and their family members and board of directors and their family members. These calendars will be sold exclusively to banks across the state of Oklahoma for bankers to give to their customers to enjoy all year …

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  • March 19, 2019

    2019 OBA professional member college scholarship available

    Each year, the Oklahoma Bankers Association awards a $1,000 scholarship to an incoming freshman who has a parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse who is a Professional Member of the Association. The student must enroll in an accredited Oklahoma institution of higher education. The applicant must also be graduating from an Oklahoma high school. A panel of bankers will select the winning …

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  • March 14, 2019

    CECL approaches, leads to board discussions

    According to the ABA Banking Journal, discussions about the implications of the new loan impairment standard will move to the boardroom as the CECL implementation date draws near. The conversation will then shift to broader issues, including financial management and performance of the bank. During a recent ABA webinar, Larry Sorensen, CFO of Washington Trust Bank in Spokane, Washington, played …

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  • March 12, 2019

    Rep. Perlmutter introduces banking marijuana bill: H.R. 2215

    Last week, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) introduced H.R.2215, the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2017 (or the SAFE Act of 2017). This bipartisan bill was co-sponsored by Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Denny Heck (D-Wash.), and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio). As noted in last week’s OBA Update, the bill provides, in essence, that a bank or credit union shall not …

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Jeremy Cowen

Jeremy Cowen, Senior Vice President/Communications

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Jeremy has been in charge of the Oklahoma Banker newspaper as well as the OBA website and other member communications since joining the OBA in January 2002. A native of Hartshorne and a 1997 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he enjoys meeting and talking with the different people he encounters while doing his job. Previously, Jeremy worked as a sports writer in Lawton and, for the four years prior to joining the OBA, Lubbock, Texas, where he decided the town wasn’t big enough for both him and Bobby Knight. When not working, Jeremy loves to hike, read, watch football, baseball and boxing and teach journalism to high school and college students. And, if you ask, there’s a good chance he will regale you with the story about being interviewed on ESPN by Chris Fowler.