Both elected officials and city staff are encouraged to join these groups that meet three times during the summer to develop the League’s legislative platform.
(Published Apr 10, 2017)
The 2017 LMC policy committee meetings are right around the corner. Sign up now to join your city colleagues this summer for great discussion about municipal legislative issues. Last year, over 150 city officials from all around the state participated in the four committees that set the legislative policies for the League’s lobbying efforts.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MEMBERS WHO SERVED LAST YEAR: Please sign up to confirm your participation again this year if you intend on serving. We are in the first year of a two-year term for our chairs and committee members, so we ask that you sign up each year to ensure accuracy of your contact information, city titles, etc. Thank you!
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.
What typically happens during each of the three committee meetings?
At the first meeting in July, members hear a briefing of the previous legislative session from LMC staff, network with one another by sharing issues of interest that are related to the committee, and begin to look at policies to edit, delete, or add. At the second meeting in August, members usually hear from guest speakers from state agencies, interest groups, legislators, and other local officials to learn more about a specific issue of interest to the group. During the third meeting in September, members continue their work discussing edits to existing or new policies and vote to approve their policies.
What happens after the third policy committee meeting?
The League’s Board of Directors hears about the work of each policy committee during a fall meeting, typically in October. Then, the draft policies are open for comment by all League members. Member comments are compiled in early November, and then the LMC Board makes the final adoption of the policies. During the 2018 legislative session, the League’s IGR staff use the policies to guide the League’s legislative efforts at the Capitol.
When and where are the meetings?
Chair: Andrea Lauer, Mayor, Royalton
Vice Chair: Luke Fischer, Administrative Services Director, Plymouth
Chair: Melanie Mesko Lee, City Administrator, Hastings
Vice Chair: Kelcey Klemm, City Manager, Detroit Lakes
Chair: Deborah Dahl, HR Director, Fridley
Vice Chair: Mike Rietz, City Administrator, Barnesville
Chair: Lisa Herbert, Finance Director, Rogers
Vice Chair: Josh Malchow, Administrator-Clerk, Slayton
All meetings will occur in the St. Croix Room, which is located on the first floor of the League building in St. Paul.
What if I can’t attend each meeting in person?
We offer GoTo Meeting, which is an online option for all meetings. Many members use this option to remain involved in committee discussions, regardless of their ability to come to the League’s office in St. Paul.
What topics does each committee address?
The topics include, but are not limited to, the following subtopics: