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
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
MMA testimony to Public Service Committee on several bills, including Quinn Bill change 07/16/2013
MMA letter to legislators urging them to override the governor’s local aid veto 07/15/2013
Statement of MMA executive director on governor’s $177 million local aid veto 07/12/2013
MMA testimony to Judiciary Committee supporting bill to update wiretap law 07/09/2013
MMA testimony to Revenue Committee opposing 7 bills that would adversely impact local revenues 07/09/2013
MMA letter to governor outlining municipal priorities in FY14 budget bill before him 07/02/2013
MMA letter to DPH outlining municipal concerns in registration process for marijuana dispensaries 06/28/2013
MMA statement applauding the House-Senate transportation finance legislation 06/26/2013
MMA testimony to Revenue Committee on proposed rooms tax and excise tax changes 06/25/2013
MMA testimony to Utilities Committee in support of bill to give municipalities authority to enforce double-pole removal law 06/18/2013
MMA testimony to Joint Committee on Public Service supporting pesticide bill to control West Nile virus 06/18/2013
MMA testimony to Department of Public Health regarding fee structure for medical marijuana law 06/14/2013
MMA letter to Workforce and Labor Committee supporting bill to reform process for setting prevailing wage rate 06/11/2013
MMA letter to House Bonding Committee calls for quick action on Ch. 90 ‘terms bill,’ reaffirms case for $300M funding level 06/03/2013
Local-state relations in Mass. a model for nation 06/01/2013
Statement of MMA Executive Director calling for release of full $300 million in Ch. 90 funds to maintain and repair local roads 05/31/2013

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