In forming positions on legislative and regulatory issues, the League utilizes a member-driven policy development process. Before a vote by the League membership or Board of Directors, the League’s legislative and regulatory policy options are studied, debated and prioritized at the policy committee level.
More information on the 2013-2014 policy development process.
The League's policy committees – Planning & Environment, General Government, Tax & Finance, and Regulatory – study, debate, prioritize and make recommendations concerning Core Municipal Principles, the Municipal Advocacy Goals and League positions. About 45 elected and appointed officials and municipal staff members serve on each committee.
Where Do Policy Ideas Come From?
Ideas, issues and subjects for study come from municipal officials, member cities and towns, or are based on questions and inquiries from officials. Additionally, state agencies and divisions may propose new policies, regulations or legislation, prompting review of League policy. Also, an issue or policy may be referred to a legislative action committee by the NCLM Board of Directors.
How Does An Idea Become Policy?
The policy committees study, debate, prioritize and make recommendations on issues. A committee may recommend an addition or change to the core principles or advocacy agenda. Or, based on a legislative or regulatory action, a committee may recommend a position statement, endorsement or no position. Typically, committees meet four to six times during the year.
These recommendations then go to the NCLM Board of Directors. After approval by the Board, the League membership as a whole adopts the agenda and amends the principles at the biennial NCLM Advocacy Goals Conference (odd-numbered years). At other times, the Board may adopt position statements, endorsements and changes to the Municipal Advocacy Goals and Core Municipal Principles.