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.

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MMA letter to governor urges support for local aid accounts in FY17 state budget 07/01/2016
MMA letter to House members expressing strong support for ‘municipal modernization’ bill 06/15/2016
MMA letter to senators opposes bill to impose new solid waste standards and reporting requirements 06/09/2016
MMA letter to Senate argues that zoning bill would override local rules and grant unprecedented by-right powers to developers 06/08/2016
MMA letter to conference committee outlines municipal priorities in FY17 state budget 06/01/2016
Senators should discuss zoning bill with local leaders before voting 06/01/2016
MMA letter to senators calls for support of budget bill and key amendments 05/23/2016
MMA letter to Environment and Natural Resources Committee urging support for DEP’s efforts to obtain delegation over NPDES program 05/17/2016
MMA letter to transportation secretary urging inclusion of $300M annually for Chapter 90 05/13/2016
MMA letter to Senate Ways and Means Committee on comprehensive zoning and land-use bill 05/11/2016
State should embrace integrated enforcement of clean water laws 05/02/2016
MMA letter to House members urges support for key budget amendments that invest in communities 04/22/2016
In letter to Senators, MMA urges support for amendment to provide for direct payments from the state to charter schools 04/06/2016
MMA letter to Economic Development Committee offering support for several local initiatives in governor’s economic development bill 04/05/2016
​EPA should engage with communities on MS4 04/01/2016
In letter to House Bonding Committee, MMA urges passage of small bridge program 03/31/2016
In letter to House Ways and Means Committee, MMA calls for multi-year, $300M Chapter 90 bond authorization 03/21/2016
​One strong ‘municipal modernization’ bill would benefit all communities 03/01/2016
MMA letter to Joint Ways and Means Committee regarding state budget 02/29/2016
MMA letter to Transportation Committee urges quick action on Chapter 90 and increase to $300M 02/24/2016
MMA letter to Municipalities and Regional Government Committee supporting 50 provisions of governor’s ‘municipal modernization’ bill 02/09/2016
MMA letter to Revenue Committee supporting 43 provisions of governor’s ‘municipal modernization’ bill 02/09/2016
MMA letter to Municipalities and Regional Government Committee calling for law change to allow local control over non-transferable liquor licenses 02/09/2016
MMA letter to Conference Committee on solar net metering legislation 02/05/2016
MMA letter to senators urges redraft of public records bill 02/02/2016
Local priorities to strengthen Massachusetts 02/01/2016
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Enduring Fiscal Partnership Between Cities and Towns and State Government in Fiscal 2017 and Beyond (2016) 01/24/2016
Resolution Supporting a Strong and Enduring Local-State-Federal Partnership to Protect the Environment (2016) 01/24/2016
MMA letter to Transportation Committee urging support for provisions of ‘municipal modernization’ bill 01/06/2016
Ring in New Year with early Ch. 90 bill 01/01/2016

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