Sign Up for 2020 Remote Legislative Policy Committees

City staff and elected officials are encouraged to join fellow city officials from around the state for policy committee meetings to be conducted remotely beginning in July.

LMC policy committees will continue to meet this year but will be conducted entirely remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City officials are encouraged to sign up for policy committees to address general issues facing cities, but also emphasizing city issues that have developed from addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Hearing from cities around the state will be critical as the League shapes it’s legislative policies and priorities for the 2021 session.

All meetings will be virtual

The League considers the safety and well-being of its members and staff paramount. Since policy committees typically generate a large gathering of more than 20 participants, the League will be conducting meetings completely electronically. The League will be using Zoom remote meeting software to conduct each policy committee meeting for 2020, July through September.

Focus on COVID-19

Due to the outcome of the 2020 legislative session and the anticipated issues cities will continue to face because of the pandemic, this year’s meetings are likely to focus on developing policies in response to COVID-19. Despite this emphasis, officials are encouraged to bring all issues and policy suggestions to the meetings for consideration.

Meeting 1

In the first meeting in July, city officials 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 policies, or delete obsolete ones. Additionally, IGR staff will provide a legislative update on the regular legislative session and any special sessions. Staff will also go through each policy to explain if it was addressed during the 2020 regular legislative session or a special session. Staff and committee members will then discuss potential speakers for meeting 2.

Meeting 2

At the second meeting in August, members will hear from guest speakers from state agencies, 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 policies.

In October, the draft policies will be circulated to members for comment. Then member comments will be considered in November, when the League Board of Directors will vote on final adoption of League policies.

Sign up!

Last year, more than 130 city officials from all around the state participated in the four committees that set the legislative policies for the League’s lobbying efforts. All city officials, whether they’ve served before or not, are encouraged to sign up.

Interested in serving on any of the League’s policy committees? Contact Ted Bengtson, LMC, at tbengtson@lmc.org or (651) 281-1242.

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.

Because office operations are extremely limited, the League will not be printing or mailing physical copies of policy committee packets to members. Packets will be sent to members via email in advance of each meeting.

Frequently asked questions

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 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.

When are the meetings?

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!