The Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers (MCCMC) Legislative Committee currently has an opening for the position of MCCMC Legislative Analyst. The duties of this position are detailed in the job description below. If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday, October 27, 2017. Resumes received after this date will not be considered.
Interviews for this position will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. so please hold that date. (Please note the change in date, which was previously listed as November 14th)
Job Description and Duties
MCCMC LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Updated August 2017
Salary: $7,500 per year
Attend Monthly MCCMC Legislation Committee meeting. The meetings are currently the fourth Monday of the month 8:00 am at San Rafael City Hall.
General duties of the Legislative Analyst
- Keeping abreast of legislation & ballot measures
- Preparing update reports and letters for Committee Chair
- Preparing Committee Agenda
- Distributing supporting documents or web links
- Drafting position letters for Committee Chair
- Liaison with local office of the Marin Assembly member and Senator and League of California Cities rep
- Liaison with Congressional representatives
Agenda Preparation and Distribution
- Prepare list of potential bills of interest with League position and position of Marin County and/or Marin Town/City. Responsibility: League rep for League bills and lobbyist for non League bills.
- Using above bill list, prepare the draft agenda in conjunction with the Lobbyist, League Rep, and committee chair. Include when appropriate requests from assembly member or senate staff for a position. The agenda should include information on priority bills or “hot” bills, which require urgent action, along with bill titles and descriptions, summaries (if available), legislator’s fact sheets from the authors of the bill, as well as League Committee analyses or the LAO analysis(if available) and a URL for full text of bills on-line.
- Gather information on upcoming League & MCCMC meetings to be included on agenda.
- Forward draft agenda: 10 calendar days prior to the meeting to the Chair for review agenda & approval.
- Send out final agenda via e-mail to Committee Distribution List week before the meeting is ideal, but last minute legislative action often delays the distribution until the Thurs before the meeting. Emailed packet includes the agenda, bill summaries, urls to full text, and other documentation described above.
- Keep the distribution list update. The list includes committee voting members (representatives from the council of Marin cities, League representative, usually the North Bay Public Affairs manager of the League of CA Cities, Marin legislative aides, lobbyist, San Rafael City Manager, County administrator, and others who may be interested.
- Attend monthly meetings and prepare notes of the meeting. Notes include brief summaries of the pro/con discussion and any position taken by vote of committee on bills or relevant matters. Copies of the notes are sent to the chair.
- Keep and update a spreadsheet of bills, positions, dates position taken, amendments to the bills or changes of position. Distribute to committee periodically. Set up meeting location and phone connection to lobbyist.
Letters in Support/Opposition
- Research and prepare draft letters for approval by the Chair. Letters should include Marin specific information where material. Contact staff regarding potential impact on individual city/town. Contact Marin County legislative staff when necessary. Letters can be prepared using the League or the Lobbyist template when consistent with the position of the committee. Staff will obtain templates and dispatch it to the Chair for signature within 3 working days after committee meeting.
- Initial position letters will be sent out to the legislators no later than 5 calendar days after the meeting, or sooner for urgency matters, if at all possible. Follow up letters. requested when a bill on which the committee has taken a position is sent to another committee or house in the legislature, should be sent out within 2 days of the request.
- Obtain chair’s signature in letters.
- Prepare PDF of signed letter and distribute to author of the bill and chair of the committee hearing the bill, with ccs to local Assembly Member and Senator, League of California Cities, MCCMC lobbyist. If the bill is still controversial when it reaches the governor’s desk, a letter is sent to the governor. All letters send should be cc’d to the chair.
- Committee positions on initiatives that have qualified for the ballot should also be provided to Initiative author or committee.
- The Lobbyist or League Representative are sources for contact information for the relevant legislators and other designated recipients.
- Keep a file of all final, signed letters.
Preparing updated reports and letters for Committee Chair
- Forward updates from Legislative Offices, advocates, League of California Cities and MCCMC Lobbyist if the chair is not on their email roster.
- Prepare letters on amended bills on which the committee has already taken a position
Liaison with Elected officials in Sacramento and Washington
- Regular contact with local offices of Assembly member and Senator
- Contact with CA Congressional representatives when necessary