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.

Title Datesort ascending
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
MMA letter to legislators urging swift passage of $200M Ch. 90 bond bill 03/16/2015
MMA letter to Division of Banks regarding draft regulations under flood insurance law 03/03/2015
Multi-year Ch. 90 bill needed now 03/02/2015
MMA comments to EPA on draft MS4 stormwater permit/NPDES permit 02/26/2015
MMA letter to Gov. Baker seeking full funding of key local aid accounts in FY16 state budget 02/06/2015
Local aid is more than UGGA and Ch. 70 02/02/2015
Resolution Relative to Investments in Municipal Capital Projects to Facilitate Economic Growth and Protect the Health and Safety of Citizens (2015) 01/26/2015
Resolution Ensuring a Modern and Sustainable Personnel Management and Benefit System to Attract and Retain Public Employees, Provide Excellent Municipal Services, and Ensure Prudent Use of Taxpayer Dollars (2015) 01/26/2015
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Enduring Fiscal Partnership Between Cities and Towns and State Government in Fiscal 2016 and Beyond (2015) 01/26/2015
MMA’s Annual Meeting will launch action-packed year 01/02/2015
Top-down ‘deficit sharing’ weakens fiscal partnership 12/01/2014
MMA statement on governor’s plan for $65M in mid-year local aid and school account cuts 11/19/2014
MMA letter urging Legislature to reject Gov. Patrick’s proposed $25.5M cut to Unrestricted General Government Aid 11/19/2014
Beacon Hill must commit to education funding partnership 11/01/2014
November and January are critical months for Ch. 90 road funds 10/01/2014
MMA issues ‘10 Partnership Policies to Build a Stronger Commonwealth’ 09/11/2014
The future is ‘FutureStructure’ 09/02/2014
MMA letter to conference committee outlining municipal concerns in gun violence prevention bills 07/24/2014
MMA urges legislators to support strong state-local partnership in economic development bill 07/16/2014
Telecom assault on local zoning should be rejected 07/16/2014
As Senate considers charter school expansion, MMA calls for full funding of reimbursement program 07/15/2014
MMA comments to MassDEP on draft Water Management Act regulations 07/10/2014
MMA letter to governor outlines municipal priorities in FY15 state budget bill before him 07/02/2014
MMA letter to Senate outlines municipal priorities in economic development bill, including local liquor license control 07/01/2014
MMA letter to Senate asking members to oppose proposals to remove local authority in siting of wireless facilities 06/17/2014
MMA letter to House members urging support for economic development bill and local liquor license control amendment 06/11/2014

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