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2007 Annual Conference Preview

Sacramento Welcomes The Annual Conference
Sept. 5–8, 2007

Each year, more than 2,000 elected officials, city staff and professionals come together at the League of California Cities Annual Conference to network, learn and reignite their passion for public service in municipal government. This year, California’s capital hosts the conference.

One of the conference’s most dynamic sessions is the Annual Business Meeting, where delegates from cities throughout California gather to vote on League policy. Policy development is a key part of the League’s legislative effectiveness. The League’s Annual Conference Resolutions process provides city officials with a way to participate directly in developing League policy.

Submitting 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 should focus on municipal issues of statewide importance and must be submitted to the League’s Sacramento office no later than 60 days before the conference opens.

How Resolutions Are Considered

The League president refers the resolutions to the policy committees for review and recommendation at the annual conference. There, resolutions are considered by the General Resolutions Committee (GRC), which consists of representatives from each League division, department and policy committee, as well as individuals appointed by the League president.

Resolutions that are approved by the GRC, along with resolutions that are approved by the policy committees but not approved by the GRC, are then considered by the General Assembly. Resolutions approved by the General Assembly become League policy.

Other actions that can be taken on a resolution include referring it back to a policy committee, amending, disapproving or taking no action.

Late-Breaking Issues

Resolutions to address late-breaking issues may be introduced by petition at the annual conference. To qualify, a petitioned resolution must be signed by 48 voting delegates (10 percent of the voting delegates) and submitted no more than 24 hours before the Annual Business Meeting begins. All qualified petitioned resolutions are forwarded to the General Assembly for consideration at the Annual Business Meeting.

This article appears in the September 2007 issue of Western City
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