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
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 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
It's time to lift the antiquated liquor license cap 06/02/2014
MMA letter to House-Senate conference committee outlines municipal priorities in FY15 state budget 05/28/2014
MMA letter to House Ways and Means Committee calling for changes to zoning and land use bill 05/23/2014
MMA letter to conference committee urges support for municipal unemployment insurance reform 05/21/2014
MMA letter to senators outlines municipal priorities in FY15 state budget 05/19/2014
MMA letter to Economic Development Committee outlining municipal priorities in economic development bill 05/16/2014
MMA letter to Bonding Committee urges support for environmental bond bill 05/15/2014
MMA letter to House members urges support for key municipal items in FY14 supplemental budget bill 05/14/2014
Economic recovery presents opportunity to address local aid shortfalls 05/01/2014
MMA letter to House members urging support for key budget amendments 04/22/2014
MMA letter to the governor thanking him for filing supplemental request for charter school reimbursements 04/17/2014

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