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.

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MMA letter to senators outlines municipal priorities in FY19 state budget bill 05/17/2018
MMA letter to House-Senate conference committee identifies municipal positions on provisions in short-term rental bills 05/16/2018
This election year, our ballots and budgets are closely linked 05/01/2018
MMA letter to House members outlines municipal priorities in FY19 state budget bill 04/20/2018
MMA letter to Joint Committee on Environment supports legislation promoting climate change adaptation 04/03/2018
Chapter 90 funding is essential to repair our roads 04/02/2018
MMA testimony to Legislature outlines municipal concerns for fiscal 2019 state budget 03/19/2018
MMA letter to Joint Transportation Committee calls for multi-year Ch. 90 bill at $300M per year 03/14/2018
In letters to governor and Ways and Means chairs, MMA seeks supplemental funding this year for special education “circuit breaker” 03/01/2018
A dedicated public servant, Rep. Peter Kocot exemplified a life well-lived 03/01/2018
MMA’s 2018 policy committee rosters set 02/28/2018
MMA letter to Senate Ways and Means Committee identifies municipal positions on energy bill provisions 02/27/2018
MMA letter to Cannabis Control Commission on proposed adult use of marijuana regulations 02/15/2018
Policy Committees of the MMA 02/14/2018
Information sessions set for 2018-19 MMA-Suffolk certificate programs 02/09/2018
MMA, Suffolk announce Local Government Leadership program for 2018-2019 02/05/2018
MMA members endorse 3 policy resolutions 02/02/2018
Education funding needs to grow in state budget 02/01/2018
MMA testimony to Housing Committee urges support for governor’s Act to Promote Housing Choices 01/30/2018
1,200-plus attend 39th MMA Annual Meeting 01/30/2018
Mark Hawke, Ellen Allen to lead MMA 01/30/2018
Policies of the MMA 01/21/2018
Resolution Supporting a Local-State-Federal Partnership to Combat the Effects of Climate Change (2018) 01/20/2018
Resolution in Opposition to the Ballot Question that Would Reduce the Sales and Use Tax Rate (2018) 01/20/2018
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Enduring Fiscal Partnership Between Cities and Towns and State Government in Fiscal 2019 and Beyond (2018) 01/20/2018
Poster contest entries display pride in local government 01/17/2018
Essay contest winners tackle needles, racism and housing 01/17/2018
Impact of federal tax overhaul will emerge over time 01/02/2018
Going to the MMA Annual Meeting? There’s an app for that! 12/06/2017
Federal tax overhaul would hurt, not help, cities and towns 12/01/2017

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