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.
 
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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.

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MMA statement on the municipal health insurance reform act 07/09/2011
MMA letter to legislators urging support for insurance reform plan released by conference 07/01/2011
MMA statement on the Legislature’s municipal health insurance reform act 07/01/2011
MIIA to distribute $6M in ERRP funds 06/13/2011
MMA letter to Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy urging support for municipal electric bill 06/08/2011
MMA letter to Ways and Means committees urging passage of workable health insurance reform 06/07/2011
MMA letter to House opposing Public Lands Preservation Act 06/06/2011
State leaders must deliver on reform promise 06/01/2011
MMA letter to senators urging them to oppose amendments to municipal health insurance reform 05/26/2011
MMA letter to senators urging support for health insurance reform proposal 05/23/2011
MMA statement on the Senate’s municipal health insurance reform proposal 05/18/2011
MMA letter to Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee opposing cable franchising bill 05/18/2011
MMA letter to Municipalities and Regional Government Committee seeking changes to land use legislation 05/18/2011
MMA letter to Public Safety Committee supporting changes to trench safety law 05/05/2011
MMA letter to Senate urging passage of House’s insurance reform proposal 05/04/2011
MMA letter to the Environment Committee supporting e-waste bill 05/04/2011
MMA letter to Economic Development Committee regarding legislation to expand gaming 05/04/2011
MMA letter to the State Administration Committee urging support for wastewater bill 05/03/2011
House shows strong leadership and vision 05/02/2011
MMA letter to the House calling for passage of municipal health insurance reform 04/21/2011
Municipal, school leaders call for passage of House’s municipal health insurance reform plan 04/20/2011
Statement of the MMA endorsing the House’s municipal health insurance reform proposal 04/13/2011
MMA letter to the Community Development Committee urging support for CPA bill 04/13/2011
MMA letter to Environment Committee opposing Public Lands Preservation Act 04/05/2011
MMA letter to the Bonding Committee urging support for Ch. 90 bill 04/04/2011
The future is here 04/01/2011
MMA testimony to Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets Committee urging passage of Ch. 90 bill 03/28/2011
MMA testimony to Joint Committee on Public Service calling for municipal health insurance reform 03/08/2011
MMA Statement Calling for Municipal Health Insurance Reform 03/08/2011
Debunking municipal health plan myths 03/02/2011

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