legislative advocacy

Government Affairs Update: Fall 2022

Fall is a time of birth and renewal. It’s the time to renew old bonds, forage new ones, and begin to sing that old carol: getting to know you, getting to know all about you. For, of course, fall – or at least the time of fall when you’ll have the opportunity to read this article – will be when we all know which of our neighbors have been selected to form the new year’s legislature.

2023-2024 Legislative Policy Process Update

                                  FLOOR POLICIES DUE:  August 12                                                POLICY CONFERENCE:  September 23

NHMA’s legislative policy process is moving forward!  Members received by regular mail in early June the links to the proposed 2023-2024 Legislative Policy Positions and Legislative Principles, as recommended by NH

STATE HOUSE REPORT: A Very Good Year Legislatively

In January, our greenhorn of a team was looking at the legislative term with some amount of trepidation, but the sky didn’t fall, and we approached the session the same way that you’d eat any elephant – one bite at a time. As it turns out, it was a very good year for municipalities. Despite not being a budget year, funding municipal interests turned out to be a top priority, particularly for the Senate, with approximately $100 million in direct payments coming to municipalities. Meanwhile, few of the bills that we opposed ended up on the governor’s desk.

Legislative Wrap-up Webinar

Join Executive Director Margaret Byrnes, Government Affairs Counsel Natch Greyes, and Government Finance Advisor Katherine Heck for a review of the highlights from the 2022 legislative session. This will be after the legislative session ends, so except for possible vetoes, all legislative action will be final. This webinar will discuss the most significant bills of municipal interest that made it through the legislature this year, as well as a few that failed but may be back in the future.

2022 Legislative Half-time Webinar

Join NHMA's Government Affairs Counsel Natch Greyes and Government Finance Advisor Katherine Heck for a look at the status of legislation affecting municipalities after "Crossover." Crossover is the date by which a bill must pass either the House or the Senate in order to "cross-over" to the other chamber for consideration. NHMA's advocacy team will discuss the current status of bills at the State House and offer a postmortem on a few that have been killed.

NHMA Gears Up for 2023-2024 Legislative Policy Process It’s Never Too Early to Submit Policy Suggestions

Your voice is power

Our Advocacy Efforts Matter!  Your Voice Matters More!

Established in 1941 as a voluntary association of New Hampshire’s cities and towns, the New Hampshire Municipal Association has served as the primary legislative advocate for New Hampshire’s municipalities, representing its members at the state legislature and before numerous federal and state administrative agencies.

Executive Director Message

In the January/February issue of Town & City, I encouraged members to get involved in NHMA’s upcoming legislative policy process. It’s not just that your voice is the most crucial part of NHMA’s advocacy, or that it’s important NHMA’s policies reflect the perspectives of a wide cross-section of our membership, or even that it’s a membership benefit that we want our members to take advantage of—although those are all good reasons.

Johnston Receives New Hampshire Bar Association Award for Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law

Former NHMA Government Affairs Counsel, Cordell A. Johnston, received the prestigious Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law recently from the New Hampshire Bar Association. Nominations were reviewed and considered by the Public Sector/Public Interest Award Committee, comprised of members of the public sector/public interest legal community in New Hampshire, and appointed by the NHBA Bar President and Bar Officers.

2022 Legislative Preview: Raise Your Hometown Voices Webinar

In the second year of the session, the New Hampshire General Court will quickly begin work on several hundred bills of interest to municipalities after a quick couple of days focused on overriding vetoes.

Join NHMA's Government Affairs Counsel, Natch Greyes, and Government Finance Advisor, Katherine Heck, to hear about some of the bills that may of major concern and/or to municipalities this year. Some are good, but, as with last year, most are bad.

NHMA Gears Up for 2023-2024 Legislative Policy Process It’s Never Too Early to Submit Policy Suggestions

Your voice is power

Our Advocacy Efforts Matter!  Your Voice Matters More!

Established in 1941 as a voluntary association of New Hampshire’s cities and towns, the New Hampshire Municipal Association has served as the primary legislative advocate for New Hampshire’s municipalities, representing its members at the state legislature and before numerous federal and state administrative agencies.

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