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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Public records law updates require care and balance 10/01/2015
MMA letter urges Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to support legislation to raise ‘net-metering’ cap 09/29/2015
MMA letter urging Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to quickly endorse double-poles bill 09/22/2015
MMA testimony to Public Service Committee on legislation relative to public employee benefits 09/08/2015
EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances 09/01/2015
MMA testimony to Revenue Committee on a number of bills affecting municipal revenue 07/28/2015
A good start for MBTA reform 07/15/2015
MMA testimony to Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee in support of three bills 07/15/2015
MMA letter to Community Development and Small Businesses Committee supporting bill to market prioritized development sites 07/13/2015
MMA letter to governor asks his support for local priorities in FY16 state budget 07/10/2015
MMA applauds local aid investments in Legislature’s FY16 state budget plan 07/08/2015
MMA letter to Environment and Natural Resources Committee supporting bills to boost recycling and control solid waste management costs 06/23/2015
MMA testimony on several bills before the Municipalities and Regional Government Committee 06/16/2015
MMA letter to Revenue Committee on a number of bills that would affect municipal finance 06/15/2015
MMA letter to Economic Development Committee urging support for Innovative Communities Program 06/10/2015
MMA letter to Revenue Committee urging support for CPA Trust Fund 06/09/2015
MMA letter to Revenue Committee calling for special commission to examine law and practice around delinquent property tax collections 06/09/2015
MMA letter to state budget conference committee outlining local aid priorities 06/03/2015
MMA testimony to Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee on bills addressing net metering and solar power 06/02/2015
Local aid investments at stake in budget negotiations 06/01/2015
MMA testimony to Labor Committee opposing bills that would change binding arbitration rules 05/26/2015
MMA testimony to State Administration Committee calls for special commission to update public records law 05/26/2015
MMA letter to Senate outlines municipal priorities in FY16 budget bill 05/18/2015
MMA testimony to Revenue Committee on a number of bills with municipal implications 05/12/2015
Congress stalls on transportation funding 05/01/2015
MMA letter to Telecommunications and Cable Secretary supporting Enhanced 911 surcharge increase 04/29/2015
MMA letter to House members urging support on key budget amendments 04/23/2015
MMA testimony to Foundation Budget Review Commission outlines municipal concerns regarding financing public education 04/02/2015
Mass. economy depends on key local aid investments 04/01/2015
MMA testimony to Joint Committee on Ways and Means urging support for key municipal and school aid programs 03/24/2015

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