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.
 
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.

Title Datesort ascending
MMA letter to House members regarding the House education bill 01/05/2010
Déjà vu all over again 01/01/2010
MMA letter to Environment Committee in opposition to “Public Lands Preservation Act” 12/15/2009
MMA letter urging legislative support for expansion of bottle bill 10/07/2009
The eye of the storm 10/01/2009
MMA letter to Legislature supporting bill to strengthen CPA 09/28/2009
MMA letter to state auditor requesting unfunded mandate ruling on ethics reform law 09/24/2009
MMA testimony before Education Committee regarding Readiness and charter schools 09/17/2009
MMA letter calling for state to cover special election costs 09/04/2009
Time for reform, time for action 09/01/2009
MMA letter to Legislature regarding proposed changes to Water Management Act 07/28/2009
MMA written testimony on local franchising authority 07/22/2009
MMA letter in support of in-district charter school bill 07/22/2009
MMA letter to Administration and Oversight Committee supporting bulk purchasing bill 07/14/2009
MMA letter to Administration and Oversight Committee supporting micro-purchasing threshold bill 07/14/2009
MMA letter to Administration and Oversight Committee supporting wastewater treatment bill 07/14/2009
New fiscal year rings in new political season 07/13/2009
MMA letter to House Speaker urging support for Water Infrastructure Finance Commission 07/02/2009
MMA letter to governor regarding FY10 budget enacted by Legislature 06/24/2009
MMA letter to legislators urging rejection of flawed health insurance plan in Senate budget 06/03/2009
It’s time for health reform, not politics 06/01/2009
MMA letter to budget conference committee outlining local priorities for state budget 05/29/2009
MMA letter to Municipalities and Regional Government Committee regarding zoning reform 05/26/2009
MMA letter to Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee regarding wind energy siting reform bill 05/20/2009
MMA letter to Environment, Natural Resource and Agriculture Committee regarding electronic waste bill 05/19/2009
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 testimony to Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government regarding health insurance reform 05/12/2009
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 letter to Municipal Relief Commission regarding health insurance reform 05/07/2009
It’s time for revenues and reform 05/01/2009

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