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
The double standard continues 02/01/2011
MMA Annual Meeting draws 1,000 local officials 01/28/2011
Resolution Calling for Health Insurance Plan Design Authority for Cities and Towns (2011) 01/28/2011
Resolution on Transportation Finance and Administration (2011) 01/28/2011
MMA members endorse resolutions on health, transportation 01/26/2011
Contest winner reads student essay at MMA Annual Meeting 01/25/2011
Ostroff, Logan elected MMA leaders 01/25/2011
Ready, set, action 01/01/2011
MMA letter to governor and legislative leaders supporting SJC decision on ‘evergreen clauses’ 12/15/2010
Early action needed on top issues 12/01/2010
Our prosperity depends on strong communities 11/01/2010
Question 3 would trigger budget tsunami 10/01/2010
MMA letter to legislative candidates calling for municipal health insurance reform 09/15/2010
Faltering national economy spells trouble for Mass. 09/01/2010
MMA’s comments on proposed regulations governing the open meeting law 08/18/2010
MMA letter to House-Senate regarding wind energy siting reform 07/30/2010
Fiscal recovery requires partnership 07/27/2010
MMA letter to House members outlining objections to wind siting bill changes 07/26/2010
MMA letter to the House Speaker regarding wind facilities siting 07/02/2010
MMA letter to House Ways and Means Committee regarding bill to establish Municipal Lighting Authorities 07/01/2010
MMA letter to House Ways and Means in support of electronic waste bill 06/11/2010
MMA letter to Budget Conference Committee regarding ‘plan design’ 06/07/2010
MMA letter to House-Senate Budget Conference Committee regarding FY11 budget 06/07/2010
MMA letter to Ways and Means chairs regarding ‘municipal relief’ bill 06/04/2010
Senate’s municipal health bill needs fixes 06/01/2010
MMA letter to Senators regarding fiscal 2011 state budget 05/25/2010
MMA letter to Senate calling for municipal health insurance plan design authority 05/25/2010
MMA letter to Senate regarding “municipal relief” bill 05/12/2010
Binding arbitration a bad deal for taxpayers 04/30/2010
MMA letter to House opposing land-use permit extension bill 04/29/2010

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