Sign Up for 2021 Policy Committees
City staff and elected officials are encouraged to join fellow city officials from around the state as the League convenes its legislative policy committee meetings starting in July.
City officials are encouraged to sign up for policy committees to address general issues facing municipalities. Hearing from cities around the state will be critical as the League shapes its legislative policies and priorities for the 2022 session.
Meeting format to be determined
The League considers the safety and well-being of its members and staff paramount. Due to uncertainty surrounding the status of the pandemic and the safety of in-person meetings, the League may conduct policy committees entirely remotely, via Zoom, or in a hybrid format with the option to participate in person or remotely. The League will notify members as soon as a decision is reached.
During the first meeting in July, each city official shares what issues are affecting their cities and what they would like the committee to address over the span of that year’s meetings. 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 will also go through each policy and explain whether it was addressed during the previous legislative session or special sessions. Staff and committee members will then discuss potential speakers for 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.
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 2022 City Policies. To get an idea of what to expect, you can look at the 2021 policies.
Last year, more than 140 city officials from all around the state participated in the four committees that set the legislative policies for the League’s lobbying efforts. Both city officials that have served before and have never served are encouraged to sign up.
Important note for members who served last year: If you have not already done so, please sign up to confirm your participation again this year, even if you served last year.
PDF versions of packets will be emailed to members in advance of each meeting.
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 an where are the meetings?
Here is the 2021 schedule:
- Improving Service Delivery Committee
Monday mornings: July 12, Aug. 16, Sept. 13 | 9:30-Noon
- Improving Local Economies Committee
Tuesdays mornings: July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 14 | 9:30 a.m.-Noon.
- Human Resources & Data Practices Committee
Tuesdays afternoons: July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 14 | 1:30-4 p.m.
- Improving Fiscal Futures Committee
Wednesday mornings: July 14, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 | 9:30-Noon
If the meeting is in person, it 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-281-1242.
We look forward to you joining us!