Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

What's Your Policy Issue?

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

What's Your Policy Issue?

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What do you think the nation's cities should tell the President and Congress about clean water, social security, youth crime, telecommunications? Does our current policy address your concerns; do we need to reconsider our position; is there an area where we don't have a policy position?

We need your input on NLC policy by August 4!

The members of the National League of Cities pride themselves on their grassroots driven policy development process. To keep the policy development process dynamic, we call about the NLC membership to provide insight on emerging issues and topics warranting consideration and debate.

The policy process begins in March at the Congressional City Conference when the six policy committees convene to identify their policy agendas. The six steering committees -- the working groups of each policy area -- held their spring meetings to begin developing recommendations in response to those policy development agendas.

All direct member cities (through the city clerk's office) and state leagues should receive instructions on submitting policy proposals in the next week to 10 days. These instructions will describe how to submit language changes for the National Municipal Policy and/or suggestions for resolutions. Your recommendations may relate to items on the six committees' policy development agendas (see "1997 POLICY DEVELOPMENT AGENDAS") or other areas of concern.

Proposals should be limited to one page and should include the following details:

TITLE - a working title to describe the issue;

CURRENT NLC POLICY - the specific reason why current NLC policy (if there is current policy) is insufficient on this particular topic;

POLICY IMPLICATIONS - a statement of why the topic is relevant to city governments, what responses are needed on the national level, and possible policy responses; and

SUBMITTED BY - the individual or entity submitting the proposal, including a contact name and phone number. …

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