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.
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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
Local aid investments at stake in budget negotiations 06/01/2015
MMA testimony to Labor Committee opposing bills that would change binding arbitration rules 05/26/2015
MMA testimony to State Administration Committee calls for special commission to update public records law 05/26/2015
MMA letter to Senate outlines municipal priorities in FY16 budget bill 05/18/2015
MMA testimony to Revenue Committee on a number of bills with municipal implications 05/12/2015
Congress stalls on transportation funding 05/01/2015
MMA letter to Telecommunications and Cable Secretary supporting Enhanced 911 surcharge increase 04/29/2015
MMA letter to House members urging support on key budget amendments 04/23/2015
MMA testimony to Foundation Budget Review Commission outlines municipal concerns regarding financing public education 04/02/2015
Mass. economy depends on key local aid investments 04/01/2015
MMA testimony to Joint Committee on Ways and Means urging support for key municipal and school aid programs 03/24/2015
MMA letter to legislators urging swift passage of $200M Ch. 90 bond bill 03/16/2015
MMA letter to Division of Banks regarding draft regulations under flood insurance law 03/03/2015
Multi-year Ch. 90 bill needed now 03/02/2015
MMA comments to EPA on draft MS4 stormwater permit/NPDES permit 02/26/2015
MMA letter to Gov. Baker seeking full funding of key local aid accounts in FY16 state budget 02/06/2015
Local aid is more than UGGA and Ch. 70 02/02/2015
Dunford, Blackmer elected MMA leaders 01/29/2015
MMA members endorse 3 policy resolutions for 2015 01/29/2015
Resolution Ensuring a Modern and Sustainable Personnel Management and Benefit System to Attract and Retain Public Employees, Provide Excellent Municipal Services, and Ensure Prudent Use of Taxpayer Dollars (2015) 01/26/2015
Resolution Relative to Investments in Municipal Capital Projects to Facilitate Economic Growth and Protect the Health and Safety of Citizens (2015) 01/26/2015
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Enduring Fiscal Partnership Between Cities and Towns and State Government in Fiscal 2016 and Beyond (2015) 01/26/2015
MMA, local officials mourn loss of David Costa 01/13/2015
MMA’s Annual Meeting will launch action-packed year 01/02/2015
Top-down ‘deficit sharing’ weakens fiscal partnership 12/01/2014
MMA statement on governor’s plan for $65M in mid-year local aid and school account cuts 11/19/2014
MMA letter urging Legislature to reject Gov. Patrick’s proposed $25.5M cut to Unrestricted General Government Aid 11/19/2014
Beacon Hill must commit to education funding partnership 11/01/2014
November and January are critical months for Ch. 90 road funds 10/01/2014
MMA issues ‘10 Partnership Policies to Build a Stronger Commonwealth’ 09/11/2014


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