How to Participate in the League’s Annual Conference Resolutions Process
Policy development is a key part of the League's legislative effectiveness. The League’s Annual Conference Resolutions process is one way that city officials can directly participate in the development of League policy. The 2016 Annual Conference Resolution Calendar of Events identifies the key points in the process.
Submission of Resolutions
Any elected or appointed city official, individual city, division, department, policy committee, or the board of directors may submit a resolution for consideration at the conference. Resolutions must be submitted to the League's Sacramento office no later than 60 days prior to the opening of the conference. Resolutions should focus on direct municipal issues of statewide importance.
Resolutions submitted to the General Assembly must be concurred in by at least five cities or by city officials from at least five cities. Those submitting resolutions should be prepared to provide written documentation of concurrence by at least five cities or by city officials from at least five cities. This may be in the form of a letter from the city or the city official in support. For concurrence by a city official, the official’s city and office held must be included in the letter. All concurrences must be submitted at the time the resolution is submitted by the deadline of midnight, August 6, 2016.
Consideration at the Conference
The League President refers resolutions to the League policy committees for review and recommendation at the Conference. Resolutions are next considered by the General Resolutions Committee (GRC), which consists of representatives from each division, department, policy committee and individuals appointed by the League President. Resolutions approved by the policy committee and/or GRC are next considered by the General Assembly. Resolutions disapproved or referred by both the policy committee and GRC will not proceed to the General Assembly. Resolutions approved by the General Assembly become League policy. Other action on resolutions can be: refer back to a policy committee, amend, disapprove or no action.
Resolutions to address late-breaking issues may be introduced by petition at the Annual Conference. To qualify, a petitioned resolution must be signed by 10 percent of the voting delegates and submitted at least 24 hours before the beginning of the Concluding General Assembly (Deadline: noon, Thursday, October 6). All qualified petitioned resolutions are forwarded to the General Assembly for consideration, regardless of the action recommended by the GRC.
2016 Resolutions Calendar
Before the Conference
Friday, July 15: Deadline for submitting appointments to the General Resolutions Committee.
Saturday, August 6, Midnight: Deadline for submitting resolutions to the League office by regular mail, email or fax.
Mid-August: Resolutions distributed to city officials and posted on the League website.
At the Conference
Wednesday, October 5
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (Thursday committees):
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Friday committees):
Policy committees meet to review resolutions and make recommendations to the General Resolutions Committee on resolutions assigned to each committee.
Thursday, October 6, 12:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit signatures to qualify a petitioned resolution.
Thursday, October 6, 1:00 p.m.: General Resolutions Committee meets to consider and make recommendations on resolutions.
Friday, October 7, 12:00 p.m.: Consideration of resolutions by cities in the General Assembly at the Annual Business Meeting. (Voting Delegates must be registered at conference and must stay until conclusion of voting. They may register for Friday only.)