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
Federal tax reform should help, not hurt, cities and towns 12/01/2017
Policies of the MMA 11/29/2017
Policy Committees of the MMA 11/29/2017
Proposed Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Enduring Fiscal Partnership Between Cities and Towns and State Government in Fiscal 2019 and Beyond (2018) 11/29/2017
Proposed Resolution in Opposition to the Ballot Question that Would Reduce the Use and Sales Tax Rate (2018) 11/29/2017
Proposed Resolution Supporting a Local-State-Federal Partnership to Combat the Effects of Climate Change (2018) 11/29/2017
MMA Policy Committee application form 11/28/2017
Statement of MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith on Congressman Brady’s Proposed Tax Bill 11/03/2017
MMA letter to senators urging support for climate adaptation management bill 11/02/2017
Legislature should protect local decision-making over zoning, land use 11/01/2017
MMA letter to conference committee on water infrastructure legislation 10/30/2017
MMA letter to conference committee on recycling legislation 10/24/2017
MMA letter to Senate Health Cost Containment Committee raises concerns about EMS rate provision 10/23/2017
MMA letter to conference committee in support of state delegation for stormwater permitting 10/10/2017
MMA letter to conference committee in support of legislation to advance municipal solar projects 10/03/2017
OPEB looms as dark fiscal cloud on horizon 10/02/2017
MMA letter to conference committee on senate bill to restrict local zoning and impose housing mandates 09/28/2017
MMA letter to conference committee to protect local ambulance fee-setting and block pay-the-patient 09/17/2017
DPU must protect solar projects from utility rate proposal 09/01/2017
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

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