National Municipal Policy

A compilation of federal policy positions adopted by the full NLC membership focusing on federal actions, programs and legislation which directly impact the nation's municipalities and guide NLC's federal advocacy efforts.

The policy development process is dynamic and inclusive, encouraging NLC members to identify emerging topics of immediate and long-term consequence to the nation's cities and towns and allowing them to develop standing positions and advocacy strategies. Every year, members may submit amendments to standing policy and propose resolutions addressing timely issues or specific pieces of legislation.  Submissions are then forwarded to the policy and advocacy committees of jurisdiction for review and consideration; from there, they are adopted by the full membership at the Annual Business Meeting at the NLC Congress of Cities.

Once adopted, standing policy language remains in effect permanently until it is amended by the NLC membership.  Resolutions sunset after one year unless action is taken to renew them for another year or incorporate them into permanent policy language.

2012 NLC National Municipal Policy

Adopted at the 2011 Congress of Cities in Phoenix, Arizona