Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress of Cities Marks End of NLC Governance Year

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress of Cities Marks End of NLC Governance Year

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The Congress of Cities in Indianapolis will mark the end of NLC's governance year with special meetings throughout the conference to adopt a new National Municipal Policy statement and to elect new leaders for the coming year.

More than 1,400 local officials who serve on one of the standing policy and advocacy committees will put the finishing touches on proposed policy amendments and resolutions when those committees meet on Wednesday, December 1.

While only appointed committee members may vote on proposals during the meetings, registered delegates are invited to sit in on the meetings to watch the policy process at work. The issues that will be reviewed during the policy committee meetings were developed by the seven steering committees at meetings last spring and fall.

After the policy and advocacy committees finish their work on Wednesday, the 75-member Resolutions Committee will review the recommendations and prepare a report for action at the annual business meeting. NLC First Vice President Anthony A. Williams, mayor of Washington, D.C., will chair the Resolutions Committee.

The final action on the 2005 National Municipal Policy statement will come at the annual business meeting on Saturday afternoon, December 4. Designated voting delegates from all direct member cities will act on the proposed policy statements and resolutions that will guide NLC's lobbying work in Washington during the coming year.

The chairs of the seven policy and advocacy committees will present their recommendations to the voting delegates at the annual business meeting for discussion and action. …

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