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.

MMA members: To receive the MMA’s e-mail alerts, contact the MMA by using our online form; please use “e-advocacy alerts” as the subject line.

Title Datesort descending
Local aid is an economic necessity 01/02/2009
MMA letter to Legislature outlining detailed reform package 01/05/2009
MMA letter to Legislature urging prompt consideration of reform package 01/12/2009
Resolution on a Progressive Energy Plan for the Cities and Towns of Massachusetts (2009) 01/24/2009
Resolution on Water Infrastructure Funding (2009) 01/24/2009
The time for real reform has come 02/02/2009
Federal partnership is a call to action 03/02/2009
MMA testimony to Ways and Means Committees regarding fiscal 2010 state budget 03/09/2009
MMA testimony on transporation reform bills 03/12/2009
MMA letter to Legislature urging action on 4 key reforms 03/27/2009
Global crisis should trigger end to status quo at home 04/01/2009
MMA letter to the Joint Committee on Revenue regarding health insurance plan design 04/07/2009
MMA letter to Joint Committee on Revenue calling for expansion of local-option revenue sources 04/07/2009
Municipal leaders call on Legislature to protect local aid and immediately pass real reforms to aid cities and towns 04/16/2009
MMA letter to House members urging them to reject local aid cuts 04/23/2009
It’s time for revenues and reform 05/01/2009
MMA letter to Municipal Relief Commission regarding health insurance reform 05/07/2009
MMA testimony on recommendations of the Special Commission on Municipal Relief (H. 1971) and on an Act Strengthening the Commonwealth’s Partnership with Municipalities (H. 104), filed by the Governor 05/12/2009
MMA testimony to Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government regarding health insurance reform 05/12/2009
MMA letter to Senate urging rejection of record local aid cuts and support for sales tax increase in FY10 state budget 05/18/2009
MMA letter to Environment, Natural Resource and Agriculture Committee regarding electronic waste bill 05/19/2009
MMA letter to Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee regarding wind energy siting reform bill 05/20/2009
MMA letter to Municipalities and Regional Government Committee regarding zoning reform 05/26/2009
MMA letter to budget conference committee outlining local priorities for state budget 05/29/2009
It’s time for health reform, not politics 06/01/2009
MMA letter to legislators urging rejection of flawed health insurance plan in Senate budget 06/03/2009
MMA letter to governor regarding FY10 budget enacted by Legislature 06/24/2009
MMA letter to House Speaker urging support for Water Infrastructure Finance Commission 07/02/2009
New fiscal year rings in new political season 07/13/2009
MMA letter to Administration and Oversight Committee supporting bulk purchasing bill 07/14/2009

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