The purpose of a legislative platform is to publicly state the City’s position on the issues it faces, and to provide a vehicle whereby its interests can be protected at the State and Federal levels.
Legislative platforms convey to legislators, policymakers, the public and the media where the Council stands on important policy positions. Similar to a strategic plan, a legislative platform also provides a mechanism for staff and council to “be on the same page” and better coordinate execution of council’s policies.
The legislative platform also allows the City to respond quickly in support of or opposition to issues that could directly impact the City and reach out to legislators to assist the City in communicating its interests at the State and Federal level.
The City’s Legislative platform is reviewed and amended every year in conjunction with the opening of a new legislative session. This enables platforms to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of a city, a region, or local government in general.