Advocacy

On behalf of the cities and towns of the commonwealth, the Massachusetts Municipal Association pursues a wide variety of municipal interests at both the state and federal levels of government. The MMA is active on legislative issues, executive branch decisions, and occasionally state-level court cases.

The MMA advocacy program is based on local government policies developed by permanent and ad hoc policy committees comprised of local officials. Policies are approved by MMA members at the annual meeting held each year in January.

The MMA’s Legislative Division:

• Files a package of MMA-sponsored bills for each two-year legislative session to promote local government interests

• Analyzes and tracks bills filed with the Massachusetts Legislature that could affect local governments, and works with national affiliates, including the National League of Cities, to monitor bills before Congress

• Develops positions on bills and delivers testimony before legislative committees and executive branch agencies

• Prepares bulletins and reports for local officials on legislative and executive branch actions and involves members in advocacy activities such as committee testimony and meetings with state officials

• Participates on special commissions and other policy development groups

• Distributes Legislative Alerts to key local officials when the Massachusetts Legislature is in session, providing updates on pending matters of interest to local government

In addition, the Local Government Advisory Commission, comprising the MMA Board of Directors, meets regularly with the governor to discuss issues facing cities and towns and to pursue a strengthening of the state-local partnership.
 
Link to Legislature's website to find your legislators, track legislation or look up bills or state laws

MMA members: To receive the MMA’s e-mail alerts, contact the MMA by using our online form; please include “e-advocacy alerts” in the body of your message.

Title Datesort ascending
Legislature’s budget prioritizes communities in challenging fiscal times 07/17/2017
MMA letter to the governor identifying municipal priorities in the FY18 state budget 07/13/2017
MMA letter to marijuana conference committee urges legislators to protect local control of zoning decisions 06/26/2017
MMA letter to senators identifies municipal concerns with recreational marijuana bill 06/22/2017
MMA letter to Revenue Committee urges support for local-option gas tax 06/20/2017
MMA letter to Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee urging support for local ability to purchase utility poles 06/20/2017
MMA letter to House members urges support for ​bill to ​fix flaws in ​recreational marijuana law 06/14/2017
MMA letter to legislative leaders outlining municipal concerns about recreational marijuana law 06/09/2017
MMA letter to conference committee outlines municipal priorities for FY18 state budget 06/01/2017
Full municipal aid increase necessary for local fiscal stability 06/01/2017
MMA letter to senators highlights municipal priorities in budget bill, urges support of key amendments 05/22/2017
MMA letter to Municipal and Regional Government Committee opposing zoning bill provisions that would replace local control with ‘by-right’ mandates. 05/02/2017
Broken charter school funding system must be fixed 05/01/2017
MMA letter to House members urges support for FY18 budget framework and key amendments 04/20/2017
MMA letter to conference committee urges quick action on Ch. 90, calls for multi-year bill 04/07/2017
MMA letter to Revenue Committee urges support for bills to clarify tax status of solar properties 04/03/2017
President’s budget would harm Massachusetts 03/31/2017
MMA letter to special committee on recreational marijuana calls for changes to address local control and state oversight 03/20/2017
MMA letter to Transportation Secretary calls for multi-year commitment to higher Ch. 90 funding level 03/16/2017
Our strong local-federal partnership is essential 03/01/2017
MMA letter to Transportation Committee urging Ch. 90 increase to $300M 02/21/2017
Education funding needs to grow in state budget 02/02/2017
Policies of the MMA 01/21/2017
Policy Committees of the MMA 01/21/2017
Resolution Supporting a Strong and Productive Role for Cities and Towns to Promote Effective Planning and Land Use Policies and Practices (2017) 01/21/2017
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Enduring Fiscal Partnership Between Cities and Towns and State Government in Fiscal 2018 and Beyond (2017) 01/21/2017
Federal tax and infrastructure plans will impact cities, towns and states 01/02/2017
New marijuana law needs fixing 12/01/2016
MMA letter to governor and legislative leaders calls for changes to recreational marijuana law 11/30/2016
Massachusetts needs to regain status as education funding leader 11/01/2016

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