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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MMA testifies to Regulatory Committee in support of bill to allow RFPs for design, construction, financing and operation of water facilities 01/29/2014
MMA letter to MassDOT urging inclusion of $300M Ch. 90 funding level in 5-year transportation plan 01/29/2014
Resolution Ensuring Sustainable OPEB Costs for Cities and Towns and Local Taxpayers (2014) 01/27/2014
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Productive Role for Cities, Towns and Community Residents To Promote and Ensure Effective Land Use and Housing Policies (2014) 01/27/2014
Resolution Ensuring a Strong Partnership Between Cities and Towns and the Commonwealth in Fiscal 2015 and Beyond (2014) 01/27/2014
MMA letter to Public Service Committee urging rejection of legislation to change groupings for retiree benefits 01/07/2014
MMA’s Annual Meeting will ensure fast start on key issues 01/01/2014
MMA letter to governor outlines local government priorities for FY15 state budget 12/20/2013
MMA letter to Bonding Committee urging inclusion of Chapter 90 in transportation bond bill 12/11/2013
MMA testimony to Telecomm, Utilities and Energy Committee outlining objections to bills that would alter wind energy siting process 12/03/2013
OPEB reform must be a top priority 12/02/2013
MMA testimony to Public Service Committee supporting unemployment insurance reform bill 11/25/2013
MMA testimony to Committee on Municipalities on zoning reform legislation 11/18/2013
MMA testimony to Telecommunications Committee in strong opposition to wireless equipment bill that would preempt local authority 11/12/2013
MMA testimony to Telecommunications Committee opposing bill to change industry regulations 11/08/2013
MMA letter to Department of Energy Resources regarding Green Community program regulations 11/08/2013
Shutdowns not an option for local government 11/01/2013
MMA letter to Public Service Committee calling for meaningful reforms to address OPEB crisis 10/31/2013
MMA letter to Utilities Committee urging passage of Municipal Lighting Authorities bill 10/29/2013
MMA letter to Environment Committee supporting water infrastructure finance bill 10/23/2013
MMA letter to Legislature calling for 5-year, stand-alone Ch. 90 bond bill 10/22/2013
SEC proposal would harm municipalities 09/30/2013
MMA letter to Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee in support of environmental bond bill 09/18/2013
MMA letter to SEC opposing rules change for Money Market Mutual Funds 09/09/2013
Bay State puts municipal management on national stage 09/03/2013
MMA letter to Housing and Community Development Secretary regarding proposed changes to smart growth rules 08/13/2013
MMA statement calls for governor to release full $300 million for Ch. 90 07/31/2013
MMA letter to governor urging release of full amount of Ch. 90 funds 07/31/2013
MMA letter to legislators urging them to override local aid and transportation vetoes 07/23/2013
Lawmakers poised to restore local aid 07/22/2013

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