Participate in LMC Policy Committees

City staff and elected officials are encouraged to join fellow city officials from around the state for the League’s legislative policy committee meetings each summer.

City officials can participate in policy committees to address general issues facing municipalities. Hearing from cities around the state is critical as the League shapes its legislative policies and priorities for the next session.

Here’s what happens at each of the three yearly meetings:

Meeting 1

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 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 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 further offers and reviews draft changes to policies.

Meeting 3

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

After the meetings

In October, the draft policies are circulated to members for their comments. In November, the League Board of Directors consider member comments and vote on final adoption of the League policies. The approved policies are then published on the League’s website in a document called the 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?

The meetings are held in July, August, and September 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 you joining us!