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 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
MMA letter to governor outlining municipal priorities for FY17 state budget 12/29/2015
MMA urges passage of bill to protect local ambulance services 12/08/2015
Public records bill must remain balanced and affordable 12/01/2015
Cadillac tax would harm communities, taxpayers and employees 11/02/2015
MMA calls for deferral of streamflow bill, but supports water bank bill 10/27/2015
MMA urges support for bill to facilitate establishment of municipal utilities 10/27/2015
MMA letter to Environment and Natural Resources Committee urging support for several water infrastructure bills 10/06/2015
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

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