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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Title Datesort ascending
Senate’s municipal health bill needs fixes 06/01/2010
MMA letter to Senators regarding fiscal 2011 state budget 05/25/2010
MMA letter to Senate calling for municipal health insurance plan design authority 05/25/2010
MMA letter to Senate regarding “municipal relief” bill 05/12/2010
Binding arbitration a bad deal for taxpayers 04/30/2010
MMA letter to House opposing land-use permit extension bill 04/29/2010
MMA letter to the House regarding the state budget bill 04/26/2010
MMA letter to House urging passage of, and amendments to, ‘municipal relief’ bill 04/23/2010
MMA letter to legislators calling for municipal health insurance reform 03/03/2010
MMA press release: Cities, towns and taxpayers need municipal health insurance reform 03/01/2010
Health savings for cities, towns and taxpayers 03/01/2010
MMA letter to legislators: Cities, towns and taxpayers need a resolution that level funds local aid 02/26/2010
MMA letter to Legislature on the govenor’s budget proposal 02/22/2010
Budget season off to a good start 02/01/2010
Resolution Calling for Action to Prevent Unfunded State Mandates in the Police Career Incentive Pay Program (2010) 01/23/2010
Resolution Calling for Health Insurance Plan Design Authority for Cities and Towns (2010) 01/23/2010
Resolution Opposing Current and Future Unfunded Local Mandates (2010) 01/23/2010
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


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