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.

Titlesort descending Date
1,000 local leaders attend 2009 MMA Annual Meeting 01/26/2009
1,000 local leaders attend 2010 MMA Annual Meeting 01/26/2010
1,000 local leaders, key state and federal officials, attend MMA Annual Meeting 01/31/2013
1,125 attended 38th MMA Annual Meeting 01/27/2017
1,200-plus attend 39th MMA Annual Meeting 01/30/2018
2014 MMA Board of Directors installed 01/27/2014
2016 MMA Board of Directors installed 01/27/2016
2017 MMA Board of Directors installed 01/31/2017
A dedicated public servant, Rep. Peter Kocot exemplified a life well-lived 03/01/2018
A good start for MBTA reform 07/15/2015
America faces an intergovernmental fiscal and relationship crisis 09/01/2012
As Senate considers charter school expansion, MMA calls for full funding of reimbursement program 07/15/2014
Bay State puts municipal management on national stage 09/03/2013
Beacon Hill must commit to education funding partnership 11/01/2014
Binding arbitration a bad deal for taxpayers 04/30/2010
Boost needed for Ch. 90 local road funding 09/01/2016
Broken charter school funding system must be fixed 05/01/2017
Budget season is here and the stakes are high 02/01/2014
Budget season off to a good start 02/01/2010
Cadillac tax would harm communities, taxpayers and employees 11/02/2015
Chapter 90 funding is essential to repair our roads 04/02/2018
Cities and towns face $362M funding gap to maintain and repair local roads 12/18/2012
Congress must act on budget, transportation 09/07/2011
Congress stalls on transportation funding 05/01/2015
Contest winner reads essay at MMA Annual Meeting 01/25/2010
Contest winner reads student essay at MMA Annual Meeting 01/25/2011
D.C. and Europe woes renew Mass. fiscal challenges 12/01/2012
Debunking municipal health plan myths 03/02/2011
Déjà vu all over again 01/01/2010
DPU must protect solar projects from utility rate proposal 09/01/2017


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