Save the Dates for 2015 Policy Committees

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(Published Mar 2, 2015)

Dates are set for the 2015 LMC policy committee meetings this summer. Join your city colleagues for great discussion about municipal legislative issues. Last year, more than 150 city officials participated on the four policy committees, which set the legislative policies for the League’s lobbying efforts.

Here are answers to some common questions for those considering participating in policy committees:

When and where are the meetings?

All meetings will occur in the St. Croix Room, which is located on the first floor of the League building in St. Paul.

Who can be on a policy committee?
Current city officials and staff are eligible. City councilmembers, mayors, city administrators, assistant city administrators, clerks, human resource staff, municipal elections officials, public safety staff, engineers, finance directors, economic development staff, and others have been members of the committee. Committee members can be new to their city position, have many years of experience, or be somewhere in between.

What typically happens during each of the three committee meetings?
At the first meeting in July, members hear a briefing of the previous legislative session from LMC staff, network with one another by sharing issues of interest that are related to the committee, and begin to look at policies to edit, delete, or add. At the second meeting in August, members usually hear from guest speakers from state agencies, interest groups, legislators, and other local officials to learn more about a specific issue of interest to the group. During the third meeting in September, members continue their work discussing edits to existing or new policies and vote to approve their policies.

What happens after the third policy committee meeting?
The League’s Board of Directors hears about the work of each policy committee during a fall meeting, typically in October. Then, the draft policies are open for comment by all League members. Member comments are compiled in early November, then the LMC Board makes the final adoption of the policies. During the 2016 legislative session, the League’s IGR staff use the policies to guide the League’s legislative efforts at the Capitol.

What if I can’t attend each meeting in person?
We offer a GoTo Meeting option, which is an online option for all meetings. Many members use this option to remain involved in committee discussions, regardless of their ability to come to the League’s office in St. Paul.

What topics does each committee address?
The topics include, but are not limited to, the following subtopics:

  • Improving Service Delivery: unfunded mandates, environmental mandates, elections, charter law, data privacy, government innovation and cooperation, and public safety.
  • Improving Local Economies: growth management, land use, boundary adjustments, housing, transportation, economic development, and telecommunications.
  • Improving Fiscal Futures: municipal financial management, property and other taxes, state aid programs, and financial reporting requirements.
  • Human Resources & Data Practices: employment law, labor relations, data practices, Open Meeting Law, personnel, and pensions.

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