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Legislative & Policy Goals Planning


​In 2020, the League's Board of Directors revised the member-driven process that forms our organization's legislative policy positions—their goal is to expand the process to receive as much input from all of our municipal officials that reflects the diversity of our members’ opinions and circumstances.

This member-driven process coincides with the start of each new legislative biennium. During even-numbered years, members come together to share their legislative goals and priorities. The basic process includes the following steps:

  1. Members submit their ideas for legislative policy goals online​. Ideas should ​fit into the League’s overarching policy focus areas, be actionable and be applicable to cities and towns statewide.

  2. The Policy Committee considers all submitted ideas through the lens of the League's Core Municipal Principles and policy focus areas and submits its suggestions to the Board of Directors.

  3. After reviewing and refining the Policy Committee’s suggestions, the NCLM Board of Directors presents the goals to the entire membership for a vote.

  4. Each municipality casts a single vote on the policy goals and the results are used by League staff, members and legislative leaders to advance the agenda together.​

​Policy Development Timeline 2020-2021

September 2020
Select policy focus areas: NCLM Board of Directors

September - October 2020
Gather ideas: NCLM Membership

October - November 2020 
Refine ideas: Legislative Policy Committee

December 2020
Recommended​ ideas: NCLM Board of Directors

January 2021
Finalize ideas: NCLM Membership Vote

February 2021
Unite behind ideas: NCLM Members & Legislators

How Are the Goals Used?

The League’s Public and Government Affairs staff relies upon the member-driven process and subsequently-approved policies for direction in lobbying efforts at the NC General Assembly, before​ State Boards and Commissions, and at the federal level.

Be sure that your voice is heard during this process by providing your ideas at the beginning of the process or joining the L​egislative Policy Committee​​.​