NHMA Policy Committees Finalize Policy Proposals
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Things are in full swing with over 70 appointed and elected participating members participating in this year’s legislative policy process. In the spring before each new legislative biennium, NHMA solicits legislative policy proposals from member municipalities. Three policy committees review these proposals and make recommendations to NHMA’s Legislative Policy Conference, held during the fall of the same year. The three policy committees are:
The Legislative Policy Conference is held in September of even-numbered years at the NHMA offices (25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord). Every NHMA member, regardless of size, is entitled to one vote at the conference.
The policy committees are reviewing policy proposals submitted by local officials and affiliate group members, as well as proposals generated by committee members. The committee process allows for in-depth review and discussion of policy suggestions in order that all aspects of the proposal, both positive and negative, are being examined.
Each committee may approve two or three “Action Recommendation” items, which would be drafted by staff for introduction in the 2019-2020 session. Each committee may also approve “Priority Recommendations,” which may be developed into legislation depending on staff resources and other factors and Standing Policy Recommendations. The total number of policy recommendations for each committee should not exceed 15.
At the Legislative Policy Conference, scheduled for September 14, 2018, each member municipality may cast one vote. All policy recommendations must receive a 2/3 vote of those present and voting to be adopted. The conference will be held at NHMA offices in Concord.
Below please find a list of each committee and members participating in this year's legislative policy process: