About LBA 

Since 1900, the LBA has remained true to its original mission: government relations. By drafting and supporting legislation, testifying before legislative committees and building constructive coalitions with other industry groups, the LBA plays an important role in developing a legal and regulatory environment that is beneficial to Louisiana banks. The presence of the LBA's government relations team at the state capitol and their close working relationship with our congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., means that Louisiana's issues are given the highest priority. 

Member Involvement 

The LBA Government Relations & Grassroots Council involves bankers from all member banks at the grass roots level. GRGC members assist the LBA Board of Directors in the development of the Association's positions on important banking issues. Through the LBA State and Federal PACs, contributions from Louisiana bankers are used to promote policies of free enterprise and job creation.

Working With Regulators

The LBA works closely with state and federal regulatory authorities to develop legislation, regulations, and policies that are beneficial to the banking industry.

For more information on our government relations efforts or to be added to the regular emails about legislative and regulatory developments, email LBA Director of Government Relations Joe Gendron at gendron@lba.org.  

Bank Counsel Section

The LBA Bank Counsel Section  consists of bank attorneys, both in-house and outside counsel, who monitor banking laws, make recommendations for changes and assist in drafting new legislation.

For more information on our Bank Counsel Section, contact David Boneno at boneno@lba.org.

Legal & Regulatory Compliance

LBA provides legal assistance by filing Amicus Curiae, friend of the court, briefs in significant court actions and providing assistance to members with compliance questions and day-to-day bank operations' questions. LBA also publishes a legal reference book that is available for download for LBA members and Bank Counsel members and available for sale to nonmembers. 

Louisiana Banking Laws, which is updated at the end of the state legislative session each year and is an excellent resource for bankers and bank attorneys.

For more information on our legal and regulatory compliance efforts and Bank Counsel membership, email David Boneno at boneno@lba.org.

Communications 

From current events, to legislative updates, to information on the latest fraud activity, LBA communications offer Association members a local view of what is going on in the world of banking. LBA members can receive the following publications electronically. To be added to the email distribution list, contact Jayme Foster at foster@lba.org.

The Louisiana Banker, LBA's electronic newsletter, is published once a month and filled with current information on the state and national banking industry.

The LBA Government Relations Update bulletin includes up-to-date information on what is happening at the state capitol, in Congress and with the regulatory agencies.

For more information on the LBA's communications efforts, contact Jayme Foster at foster@lba.org.

Education

LBA's education arm offers a wide variety of services to meet members' specific training needs, including seminars, conferences, in-house programs, educational products and ABA Courses.

Thousands of bankers attend LBA's workshops and conferences each year, ranging from frontline staff to bank directors. And when a bank wants to bring a program to its offices, LBA has a list of speakers who are available for in-house workshops that can be tailored for each institution. For more information on LBA's educational efforts, visit the Education Section or contact Ginger Laurent at laurent@lba.org

Education Foundation

The Louisiana Bankers Education Foundation, a subsidiary of LBA, exists to promote banking and financial literacy in Louisiana. Louisiana Bankers Education Council administers the following education initiatives through the LBEF: For more information on the Louisiana Bankers Education Foundation, contact Ginger Laurent at laurent@lba.org.

Louisiana Bankers Education Council

The Louisiana Bankers Education Council is a division of the LBA and focuses primarily on educational outreach. A student can benefit from the LBEC services at every step of their education, from elementary school to the time they go to college.

The Bank-At-School program teaches elementary school students about the importance of saving money.

Simply Banking Study Guides are teaching materials on banking that are provided free of charge to Louisiana high schools.

Each year, LBEC awards College Freshman Scholarships to outstanding high school graduates who have at least one parent employed by a Louisiana bank and are planning banking-related study at a Louisiana college or university.

With the Louisiana JumpStart Coalition, LBEC has joined forces with other organizations in the state to provide quality learning opportunities for Louisiana teachers so that they may be better informed to prepare students for the personal financial decisions the students will make in the future.

Products & Services

The LBA has been able to negotiate rates for a number of products and services. Prior to endorsing a company, LBA researches other companies that offer the product or service to make sure Association members receive better price, quality and service.

Click here For a list of LBA Endorsed Products . For more  information any of LBA's Endorsed Products, contact Ginger Laurent at laurent@lba.org.