MMA seeks members for its five policy committees

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Local officials are invited to fill a limited number of positions available on the MMA’s five policy committees in 2018.
 
Among the important roles of the MMA policy committees are the drafting of resolutions for the MMA Annual Business Meeting, the drafting of municipal best practices for the MMA’s Best Practices series, and the drafting of bills (biannually) for the MMA’s legislative package.
 
The policy committees advise the MMA Board of Directors, staff, and MMA members on legislative, regulatory and public policy issues.
 
Each committee has a regular schedule of meetings, usually one per month, at the MMA office. Additionally, committee members may be asked to read legislative summaries, bill text, and/or position papers to prepare for meetings.
 
Each committee is assigned an MMA staff member to assist with its research, consideration of issues, and administrative functions.
 
More than 100 local officials from communities across Massachusetts serve on the MMA policy committees. Each committee has 22 members as follows: three mayors (staggered three-year terms); three selectmen (staggered three-year terms); three councillors (staggered three-year terms); three city/town managers/administrators (staggered three-year terms); two finance committee members (one-year terms); four presidential appointees (one-year terms); and four technical appointees (local officials or outside experts, who serve one-year terms).
 
The MMA president names the chair and members of the committee, subject to approval by the MMA Board of Directors.
 
Those with the interest and time to serve on a policy committee are encouraged to fill out the application form by Jan. 26. The form provides space to list areas of interest and expertise so that a good match can be made between volunteers and the work of the committees.
 
Policy Committee application form
 
The committees are as follows:
 
Fiscal Policy Committee
This committee considers all municipal finance issues. Legislation that has a fiscal impact is referred to this committee from other committees as well. This committee also develops a policy framework for local government financing in the future.
 
Policy Committee on Energy and the Environment
This committee formulates policy in the following areas: water quality, water supply, air quality, solid waste, hazardous waste, wetlands, coastal areas, wastewater treatment, renewable energy and energy conservation.
 
Policy Committee on Municipal and Regional Administration
This committee considers issues that relate to the organization, structure, efficiency, and productivity of local and regional government and the relationships between the two levels of government. Issues include the processes and structure at the local and regional levels for the procurement and provision of human services, safety and health inspections, and technical assistance.
 
Policy Committee on Personnel and Labor Relations
This committee considers issues in the following areas: collective bargaining, civil service, employee benefits, and pension reform.
 
Policy Committee on Public Works, Transportation and Public Utilities
This committee considers issues that relate to regional and metropolitan transportation, transportation planning, the relationship between local governments and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the question of local control in joint state-local public works programs.
 
For more information, contact Vanessa Calaban at the MMA.