League Policy-Development Process in Full Swing

City officials from all over the state have been meeting at the League to develop the 2017 City Policies.
(Published Aug 22, 2016)

The League’s four policy committees last week wrapped up the second of three meetings, where they worked on new and revised legislative positions. The policy committees are made up of more than 150 city officials from across the state.

The positions the committees develop will ultimately be published in the LMC 2017 City Policies document and used by League staff at the Capitol. They represent the only comprehensive statewide advocacy agenda for all Minnesota cities.

Members hear from local leaders and policy experts
During the August meetings, members of the four LMC policy committees (Improving Service Delivery, Improving Local Economies, Improving Fiscal Futures, and Human Resources & Data Practices) heard from a variety of guests, including:

  • Jeff Potts, chief of police, City of Bloomington, on policing issues.
  • Quinn O’Reilly, LMC research attorney, on drones.
  • Matthew Staehling, city administrator and city attorney, City of St. Cloud on conceal and carry litigation in St. Cloud.
  • Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), Senate Transportation & Public Safety Committee chair, on the future of transportation funding and the role of cities.
  • Steven Overom, city attorney, City of Hermantown, on an airport zoning issue.
  • Pam Whitmore, LMC research attorney, on small cell wireless facilities.
  • Cynthia Bauerly, Minnesota Department of Revenue (DOR) commissioner, and Paul Cumings, DOR tax policy manager, on sales tax, property tax, and other tax issues of interest to cities.
  • Doug Anderson, executive director, Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), and Shana Jones, PERA policy director, on pension issues.
  • Sandi Blaeser, attorney, Madden Galanter Hansen, LLP, and public employer representative on Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).
  • Stacie Christensen, director, Information Policy Analysis Division, on law enforcement technologies and data practices issues.

Check out pictures from the August meetings

The committees are also discussing potential policies related to residential care facilities, local government aid, property taxes and utilities, taxation of municipal bond interest, and city franchise authority. New policies on transportation grant management, and safe school levy funding may be considered at the third and final committee meetings in September.

Next steps and opportunities to give your feedback
Committee members will meet again the week of Sept. 19 to further consider and approve draft policies. The draft policies will then be shared with all city members during the member comment period. The Draft 2017 City Policies will be available on the League’s website Oct. 3-28. All city officials and staff are encouraged to review and comment on the policies at that time.

The League’s Board of Directors will review and discuss the policies at its meeting on Oct. 20. The Board will then review the member comments and vote to approve and adopt the 2017 City Policies at its Nov. 10 meeting.

The League thanks the more than 150 members of the four policy committees for their participation in the policy committee process this year!

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