2022 LMC Policy Committees Begin Meeting in July

Policy committees meet in July, August, and September to address a variety of issues facing municipalities. Hearing from cities around the state will be critical as the League shapes its legislative policies and priorities for the 2023 session.

Meetings will be hybrid format

The League is happy to welcome our members back to St. Paul for in-person policy committees in our newly renovated League building. We will be hosting all policy committees in the League’s large meeting space.

For member convenience, we will have remote audio and video participation via Zoom. Members are encouraged to participate in whatever format is most comfortable and convenient. Packets will be emailed to members in advance of each meeting.

Meeting 1

During the first meeting in July, each city official will share what issues are affecting their cities and what they would like the committee to address. Officials are encouraged to look at specific policies and offer suggestions to change existing policies, create new ones, and delete obsolete ones.

Additionally, League intergovernmental relations (IGR) staff will provide a legislative update on the regular legislative session and any special sessions. Staff also go through each policy and explain whether it was addressed during the previous legislative session or special sessions. Staff and committee members then discuss potential speakers for meeting 2.

Meeting 2

At the second meeting in August, members will hear from guest speakers, including representatives from state agencies and interest groups, legislators, and other local officials, to learn more about the issues that the committee has decided to focus on. Additionally, the committee will further offer and review draft changes to policies.

Meeting 3

During the third and final meeting in September, members will continue to discuss and make policy changes, and vote to approve draft policies.

After the meetings

In October, the draft policies will be circulated to members for their comments. In November, the League Board of Directors will consider member comments and vote on final adoption of the League policies. The approved policies will then be published on the League’s website in a document called the 2023 City Policies. To get an idea of what to expect, you can look at the 2022 policies.

View the 2022 City Policies (pdf)

FAQs

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 council members, mayors, city administrators, assistant city administrators, clerks, human resources 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.

When and where are the meetings?

Here is the 2022 schedule:

Meetings will be at the League building at 145 University Ave. West, 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.
  • Human Resources & Data Practices: employment law, labor relations, data practices, Open Meeting Law, personnel, and pensions.
  • Improving Fiscal Futures: municipal financial management, property and other taxes, state aid programs, and financial reporting requirements.

For more information

Still have questions? Interested but not quite sure if you should sign up? Please contact Ted Bengtson at tbengtson@lmc.org or (651) 281-1242.

We look forward to having you join us!