LMC Legislative Policy Development Process in Full Swing

More than 150 city officials have been working over the summer to develop the 2018 city legislative policies.
(Published Aug 28, 2017)

The League’s annual policy development process is in full swing, as the second of three meetings wrapped up last week. The four LMC policy committees, made up mostly of city officials from around the state, are responsible for developing the annual City Policies—the only comprehensive statewide advocacy agenda for all Minnesota cities.

Members hear from local leaders and policy experts
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:

  • Compensation and reimbursement for emergency calls, presented by Amber Eisenschenk, LMC research attorney.
  • Level III sex offender residency policies, presented by Mark Bliven, director of risk assessment; Kathleen Lonergan, director of government relations; and Ron Solheid, deputy commissioner of community services, state Department of Corrections.
  • Emerald ash borer, presented by Craig Johnson, LMC intergovernmental relations representative.
  • Autonomous vehicles, presented by Frank Douma, State and Local Policy Program director and Master of Urban and Regional Planning Degree Program coordinator, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.
  • Transportation funding, presented by Margaret Donahoe, executive director of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance.
  • Housing and demographics, presented by Allison Liuzzi, Minnesota Compass Project director, Wilder Research.
  • Pension issues, presented by Doug Anderson, PERA executive director, and Shana Jones, PERA policy director.
  • Workers’ compensation and PERA retirement benefits, presented by Patty Prentice, workers’ compensation claims manager, LMCIT/BRAC.
  • Local lodging taxes, presented by Luci Botzek, Minnesota Association of Convention/Visitors Bureaus, and Dan McElroy, Hospitality Minnesota.
  • Dark stores valuation issue, presented by Stephen Baker, Ramsey County Assessor’s Office.

The committees also discussed policies related to fire department pension issues, PTSD related to workers’ compensation claims, local government aid, and resources for affordable housing. Policies regarding telecommunications, elections, development finance, data practices, workforce housing, state support for municipal energy goals, and others are likely to be considered at the committees’ third meeting in September.

Next steps and opportunities for feedback
Committee members will meet again the week of Sept. 25 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 2018 Draft City Policies will be available on the League’s website for member comment Oct. 2– 27. 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 its Oct. 19 meeting. The board will then review the member comments and vote on approving and adopting the 2018 City Policies at the Nov. 9 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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