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For more than 130 years, CBA has served as the recognized voice of California’s banking industry in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy arenas. Our government relations team engages directly with policymakers on behalf of our member banks to defend the industry from onerous mandates that increase the cost of doing business through expanded legal risk or additional compliance burdens and to advance reforms designed to improve the operating environment for banks.

About CBA Advocacy

Effective advocacy in California is critically important, as new mandates adopted in this state frequently become a catalyst for federal efforts and activities in other states. As the largest banking trade association in California, CBA maintains a full-service government relations department, employing four full-time lobbyists in Sacramento within a dedicated advocacy team. Our seasoned government relations specialists work in partnership with CBA members to protect the industry, operating under the guiding principles of: striving to promote a competitive and free market, ensuring a level playing field with our competitors, and opposing state statutes that are overly-burdensome, inconsistent and/or duplicative of federal rules. The banking industry serves diverse communities throughout the entire state and the association plays a critical role in assisting decisionmakers’ understanding of the nuances of the banking industry and how a robust, competitive market benefits California’s economy.

CBA’s effectiveness at shaping and managing public policy is dependent on the active engagement of our members. The association benefits tremendously from the knowledge and expertise derived from bankers that interact actively and directly with CBA through its board of directors and many government relations policy-related committees. Just as banks are a reflection of the communities that they serve, our advocacy efforts are a reflection of the active engagement of our members.

The Importance of Advocacy

Watch this video to learn more about our advocacy efforts working on behalf of the banking industry to achieve positive outcomes.

CBA Battleground Newsletter

CBA members monthly Battleground e-newsletter reports on important developments on the most pressing legislative and regulatory issues to the banking industry. This free update highlights a small fraction of the hundreds of issues that our team engages on and is a quick, must-read for any banker who wants to stay informed.