LMC Legislative Policy Committees in Full Swing

More than 150 city officials from all over the state have been working over the summer to develop the 2019 city legislative policies.
(Published Sep 10, 2018)

The League’s four policy committees wrapped up the second of three meetings in August, where they worked on new and revised legislative positions. The policy committees are made up of more than 150 city officials from across the state.

The positions the committees develop will ultimately be published in the LMC 2019 City Policies document and used by League staff at the Capitol. They represent the only comprehensive statewide advocacy agenda for all Minnesota cities.

State agency reps and others bring valuable info

During the August meetings, members of the four LMC policy committees (Improving Service Delivery, Improving Local Economies, Improving Fiscal Futures, and Human Resources & Data Practices) heard from guests on a variety of topics, including:

  • Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board, presented by POST Board Executive Director Nate Gove and LMC Public Safety Project Coordinator Rob Boe.
  • Environmental Justice, presented by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Environmental Justice Coordinator Ned Brooks.
  • Governor’s Housing Task Force, presented by Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal and Assistant Commissioner Ryan Baumtrog.
  • State Turnback Program and Account, presented by Minnesota Department of Transportation State Aid Projects Engineer Gregory Coughlin.
  • Workforce readiness, presented by Ted Kolderie of Education Evolving.
  • Pay equity, presented by Minnesota Management and Budget Pay Equity Coordinator Dominique Murray.
  • Benefits for peace officers permanently disabled by a line-of-duty injury, presented by Wendy Wulff.
  • Pensions and other issues, presented by Public Employees Retirement Association Executive Director Doug Anderson and Policy Director Shana Jones.
  • Workers’ compensation, presented by League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust Administrator Dan Greensweig and VP/Branch Manager Deb Anger.
  • Franchise fee reverse referendum legislation, presented by Minnesota Rep. Bob Vogel (R-Elko New Market)
  • Fire protection districts, presented by Burnsville Fire Chief & Chair of Legislative Committee of MN State Fire Chiefs Association BJ Jungmann.
  • Current local government aid formula and other tax issues, presented by Minnesota House of Representatives Legislative Analyst Pat Dalton.

Next steps & opportunities for feedback

Committee members will meet again the week of Sept. 17-19 to further consider and approve the remaining draft policies. The draft policies will then be shared with all city members during the member comment period in October.

The Draft City Policies will available on the League’s website for member comment from Oct. 1-Nov. 2. All city officials and staff are encouraged to review and comment on the policies at that time.

The League’s Board of Directors will review and discuss the policies at their Oct. 18 meeting. The Board will then review the member comments and vote on approving and adopting the 2019 City Policies at the Nov.15 meeting.

The League thanks the more than 150 members of the four policy committees for their participation in the policy committee process this year!

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