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2023-2024 Legislative Policy Conference

The 2023-2024 NHMA Legislative Policy Conference will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at NHMA offices at 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03303. This is an in-person event. Each member municipality will be asked to appoint a voting delegate to cast its vote at this conference.  Each member municipality, regardless of size, has one vote on all policy matters.

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.

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.

2022 Legislative Preview: Time to Raise Your Hometown Voices

State House Report

And so, we begin the second year of the two-year legislative term. It’s early yet but having now digested the bill titles that were released in the fall, it’s fair to say that it’s shaping up to be a session very similar to last year. Once again, we can expect to be on the defensive throughout the 2022 term. There are a few bills of particular note on that front:

2021 Legislative Update: What A Year It Has Been!

What a year it has been. The turnaround from January to June has been quite remarkable, and I don’t just mean with the pandemic.

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