Help Develop the League’s 2017 City Policies: Sign Up Online Today

Dates are set and sign-up is open for city officials that are interested in serving on a League of Minnesota Cities policy committee this summer. Join your city colleagues for great discussion about municipal legislative issues. Last year, over 150 city officials from all around the state participated in the four committees that set the legislative policies for the League’s lobbying efforts.

SIGN UP HERE: Interested in signing up to be on a policy committee (or two)? Please complete this short questionnaire online by Friday, June 24.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MEMBERS WHO SERVED LAST YEAR: Please sign up using the link above to confirm your participation again this year if you intend on serving. We are in the first year of a two-year term for our chairs and committee members, so we ask that you sign up each year to ensure accuracy of your contact information, city titles, etc. Thank you!

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

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 committees. 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, and then the LMC Board makes the final adoption of the policies. During the 2017 legislative session, the League’s IGR staff use the policies to guide the League’s legislative efforts at the Capitol.

When and where are the meetings?

Chair: Andrea Lauer, Mayor, Royalton

Vice Chair: Luke Fischer, Administrative Services Director, Plymouth

Chair: Melanie Mesko Lee, City Administrator, Hastings

Vice Chair: Kelcey Klemm, City Manager, Detroit Lakes

Chair: Lisa Herbert, Finance Director, Rogers

Vice Chair: Josh Malchow, Administrator-Clerk, Slayton

  • Human Resources & Data Practices Committee
    Wednesdays: July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, 1:30-4 p.m. Please note this committee will now be meeting on Wednesday afternoons (not Tuesday afternoons, as it did previously).

Chair: Deborah Dahl, HR Director, Fridley

Vice Chair: Jason Foutz, Assistant Administrator, Oakdale

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

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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