Answers to common questions about legislative policy committees
More than 100 city officials from all around the state participate annually in the four committees that set the legislative policies for the League’s lobbying efforts.
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. While any member city may have more than one person serving on a committee, each city will have only one vote on policies or other committee business.
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 next 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 2020 meetings?
- Improving Service Delivery Committee Monday mornings: July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Improving Local Economies Committee Tuesday mornings: July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Human Resources & Data Practices Committee Tuesday afternoons: July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15, 1:30-4 p.m.
- Improving Fiscal Futures Committee Wednesday mornings: July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
All policy committee meetings are in the St. Croix Room, which is located on the first floor of the League building, 145 University Ave. W. in St. Paul.
What if I can’t attend each meeting in person?
We offer GoTo Meeting, 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:
- Improving Service Delivery Committee: unfunded mandates, environmental mandates, elections, charter law, data privacy, government innovation and cooperation, and public safety.
- Improving Local Economies Committee: growth management, land use, boundary adjustments, housing, transportation, economic development, and telecommunications.
- Improving Fiscal Futures Committee: municipal financial management, property and other taxes, state aid programs, and financial reporting requirements.
- Human Resources & Data Practices Committee: employment law, labor relations, data practices, Open Meeting Law, personnel, and pensions.