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NLC policy process offers variety of ways to participate.

Each year thousands of local elected officials from around the nation attend NLC's Congress of Cities to learn how to do their jobs better and to interact with their. However, the Congress of Cities is also the conclusion of the NLC policy process--an important and inclusive process in which all members can, and should, participate.

The Congress of Cities (COC) is the stage where the full membership debates and votes on the positions NLC should take n issues facing the nation and every community.

It is the one opportunity for any member to speak, to participate, and to lead. It is where the rubber meets the road.

It is often a scene of hoot debate on issues ranging from civil rights to gun control to school choice to raising taxes. Hard issues. But issues for members to address, not avoid--to decide where the organization will stand, speak, and make a difference.

So how this process work? How can one municipal elected official make a difference?

Did you ever wonder where those resolutions and policy changes that come before a vote at the Annual Business Meeting come from? Are you curious who decides what comes before the full membership at the Congress of Cities? Here are some of the answers behind the NLC Policy Process.

Further information is available from NLC's Office of Policy and Federal Relations. Everyone is encouraged to see the process in action during the New Orleans meeting by attending any of the policy committee meetings, the Resolutions Committee meeting and the Annual Business Meeting. It is your process.

The policy process

A full year of sometimes contentious debate culminates the annual Congress of Cities when NLC's five standing policy committees wrap up their work and submit recommendations for changes in the National Municipal Policy (NMP) to the membership for their approval.

The Policy Committees aim to represent the breadth f the NLC membership and are appointed by the State Municipal Leagues. The committees are: Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR); Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR); Human Development (HD); Community & Economic Development (CED) and, Transportation & Communications (T&C).

These five committees meet in March at the Congressional-City Conference to outline and set priorities for the thirty-five member steering committees. Each Policy Committee meets again at the Congress of Cities to hear from its respective Steering Committee and consider recommended changes in the NMP. Recommendations come from the steering and policy committee itself plus the membership and state municipal leagues.

After the policy committee votes on individual resolutions and recommendations to the NMP, each committee chair presents those proposals to the Resolutions Committee for its approval. The Resolutions Committee will meet this year on Sunday, November 29. The Committee is composed of the Board of Directors plus a member from each state not represented on the Board.

The report of the Resolutions Committee is presented to the full membership at the Annual Business Meeting (Tuesday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m.). This meeting allows direct member cities the opportunity to discuss, debate and vote on the policy positions of NLC. The final document, the NMP, will represent the official policy of NLC and will form the basis of its advocacy work in Washington, D.C. for the coming year.

The Steering Committees will soon complete their fall meetings, finalizing their recommendation to the Policy Committees. In addition, the Steering Committees will be reviewing proposals submitted by the membership.

How do I make sure my city can participate?

The other component of preparing for the CoC is the credentials process. All direct member cities are eligible to cast their vote at the Annual Business Meeting, but must be credentialed. Cities wishing to receive the proposed policy changes ahead of time must submit the names of their voting delegates to NLC's Credentials Chair, Lesley-Ann Rennie prior to the New Orleans meeting.

Cities that have not already returned their credentials documents, will soon receive a reminder that the credentials are due to NLC immediately to help us prepare for New Orleans. If you are not sure about the status of your credentials, please check with your City Clerk or NLC at (202) 626-3020.

NLC's Policy Process is a lengthy one, because it strives to incorporate and reach consensus among a diverse membership on the toughest issues. Be part of the process. Join us in New Orleans. Participate. Vote at the Annual Business Meeting. Make a difference for your community.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities
Author:Wollack, Leslie
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Sep 21, 1992
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