legislative policy process

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.

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.

Executive Director Message

Happy New Year!  Ringing in the new year also means the start of a new legislative session and a new year of training and education for local officials. Twenty twenty-two—being an even numbered year—also means a new NHMA legislative policy process is upon us. In this issue of Town & City, you will find details about the process and how you can get involved with setting
NHMA’s legislative policies for the next biennium; please also look out for email communications from us over the next few months.

Executive Director Message

Our unusual 2021 legislative session will come to an end very soon; in fact, by the time you are reading this issue of Town & City, the session will be over, and we are hopeful the state budget will have been adopted and signed by the governor. From June 10 – 17, many bills will go to a Committee of Conference, including the state budget (HB 1) and the state budget trailer bill (HB 2). The official end date of the session this year is June 24.

2021 Legislative Preview: Get Ready to Advocate!

Despite facing a pandemic that is far from resolved, the New Hampshire General Court begins not only wrestling with hundreds of bills but also on how best to conduct in-person and/or remote hearings.  It’s also that time of year, again, when legislators need to hear from local officials about the concerns of municipalities.

Don’t Watch from the Sidelines, Get Involved in NHMA’s Legislative Policy Process

Policy Committees to Meet in Early April

NHMA’s biennial legislative policy process is getting underway. As a first step, we are recruiting volunteers to serve on our three legislative policy committees. These committees will review legislative policy proposals submitted by local officials and NHMA affiliate groups and make recommendations on those policies, which will go to the NHMA Legislative Policy Conference in September.

Members Drive NHMA's Legislative Policy Process

In April 2014, almost 60 local officials from NHMA member municipalities kicked off the legislative policy process for the 2015-2016 biennium. As always, this year’s process has been driven by a broad base of volunteers, with local officials submitting legislative policy proposals which are then reviewed by committees of other local officials.

Highlights of NHMA's Legislative Policy Conference

On September 26th, nearly 60 delegates (see related table) representing cities and towns across New Hampshire convened at NHMA offices in Concord to adopt NHMA’s legislative policies and principles for the 2015-2016 legislative biennium. These policies and principles will help guide the Association’s legislative efforts for the next two years.

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