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 letter to EOEA raising concerns about Sustainable Water Management Initiative Framework 04/06/2012
Transportation funding debate key to strong economy 04/01/2012
MMA letter to Senate President urging caution on solar/wind tax exemption 03/28/2012
MMA letter to Transportation Committee urging support for Ch. 90 03/14/2012
Local aid is key to Bay State comeback 03/01/2012
MMA letter to Ways and Means urging changes to, and passage of, ‘muni’ light bill 03/01/2012
MMA letter to legislators re: transportation bond bill and Ch. 90 program 02/29/2012
MMA's testimony to House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means regarding budget priorities 02/23/2012
MMA letter to Health Care Committee urging passage of emergency services bill 02/09/2012
Gov. kicks off budget season, punts on local aid 02/01/2012
Resolution Calling on the U.S. Government to Embrace a Strong Fiscal and Economic Partnership with Cities and Towns (2012) 01/21/2012
Resolution on the Transportation Finance Crisis (2012) 01/21/2012
Resolution Opposing Unfunded Mandates on the Cities and Towns of the Commonwealth (2012) 01/21/2012
SEC action could harm municipal finances 01/02/2012
New year will bring new challenges 12/01/2011
Pension costs expected to see greater public scrutiny 11/01/2011
MMA comments on regulations governing aspects of the Municipal Health Insurance Reform Act 10/07/2011
MMA letter to House leaders supporting pension reform, with certain changes 10/06/2011
Washington gridlock threatens Mass. recovery 10/01/2011
MMA statement calls on Congress to act on major priorities to aid municipalities and invest in economic recovery 09/13/2011
MMA letter to legislative leaders calling for rejection of ‘evergreen clause’ provision 09/12/2011
MMA letter to Ways and Means urging rejection of ambulance payment changes 09/08/2011
Congress must act on budget, transportation 09/07/2011
MMA letter to Utilities and Energy Committee calling for changes to wind siting bills 09/07/2011
MMA comments on proposed municipal health insurance regulations 08/04/2011
Reform law reflects venerable values 07/26/2011
MMA letter to Utilities and Energy Committee supporting expansion of bottle bill 07/20/2011
MMA letter to Environment Committee opposing changes to Water Management Act 07/14/2011
MMA statement on the municipal health insurance reform act 07/09/2011
MMA letter to legislators urging support for insurance reform plan released by conference 07/01/2011

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