What is the New Mexico Municipal League?
The New Mexico Municipal League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and serving New Mexico’s cities, towns and villages. Its 105 member cities comprise 100% of the State’s municipal population and approximately 68% of its total population. Its largest member has 10,000 times the population of its smallest, yet each member city casts one delegate vote in setting policy and electing officers at the Annual Conference.
The League Board of Directors consists of 26 municipal officials elected by the membership and 10 ex officio subsection presidents. Day-to-day activities and the policies established by the Board and policy committees are carried out by a full-time executive director and a 25-member staff.
Principal Services include:
Each year the League answers more than 4,000 inquiries from municipal and other government officials, academics, news media, civic and professional groups. Besides using its legal and other professional staff, the League maintains an impressive array of authoritative references, searches the Supreme Court Law Library and State, Library Federal Depository. The League’s website, www.nmml.org, provides a calendar of events, many articles and links of municipal interest.
Throughout the year, the League works with state Legislators and the Executive Branch to develop policies, laws and regulations that facilitate operating municipal government. The League supports and opposes many bills each session and monitors and reports on dozens more. In an average session, the League staff analyzes and follows one-quarter to one-third of all bills introduced. Whether as an interested party or as a source of reliable information, the League supplies needed municipal input.
Training and Development
The League plans and conducts numerous meetings and workshops every year to keep municipal officials informed and to assist them to better perform their duties. Each spring the League conducts one-day meetings in each of its eight districts and each September an annual three-day conference of all officials and employees is held in one of the member cities. Much of the training involves the League’s 14 professional subsections. Some hold institutes which lead to professional certification.
The League publishes several handbooks and guides for municipal officials, model codes and ordinances, surveys, and law summaries, as well as an annual Directory of New Mexico Municipal Officials, a weekly Legislative Bulletin during the sessions and a monthly newsletter, The Municipal Reporter.
The League organized and administers the New Mexico Self Insurers’ Fund, which offers Workers’ Compensation, general liability, law enforcement, civil rights, errors and omissions, auto liability, property and volunteer coverage to its members. The Fund also offers group health, dental, vision, short-term disability and life insurance.
Working closely with the New Mexico Congressional Delegation and the National League of Cities, the League upholds municipal interests and helps to shape federal policy regarding cities. On the judicial front, the League participates in key precedent setting cases, either as a party or as friend of the court.