Legislative Affairs

Purpose

Throughout each year, the State Legislature and the United States Congress propose and enact legislation, some of which affects local municipal government. The City of Murrieta recognizes the need for active legislative engagement at the local, state, and federal levels to enhance the interests of Murrieta's residents and businesses. City officials maintain close relationships with Murrieta's state and federal representatives. 

Additionally, the League of California Cities and contracted government relations firms keep the City informed on proposed legislation from these bodies. At times, it is in the interest of the City to take a position on proposed legislation. The City's Legislative Program follows City Council Policy 100-02 (PDF) for legislative protocol and process.

Priorities & Process

The City Council adopts an annual Legislative Program (PDF), which serves as the foundation for the City's advocacy strategy. The City actively monitors state and federal legislation and takes appropriate action, when required, to protect the City's interests and local legislative authority. The City's legislative advocacy primary priority areas include:

  • Economic Development
  • Fire Service
  • General Government
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Labor Relations
  • Land Use Planning
  • Law Enforcement
  • Local Government Finance
  • Parks and Recreation Programs
  • Regional and International Governance
  • Resource Conservation Management
  • Social Service Programs
  • Transportation

Position Letters

For proposed legislation, either consistent with the City's Legislative Platform or consistent with legislative positions the City has taken in the past, staff is authorized to prepare position letters for the Mayor's signature prior to being sent. If the Mayor is unavailable, the Mayor Pro Tem is authorized to sign position letters. All members of City Council receive copies of sent position letters. The City's government relations firm may also be authorized to express the City's position in person to legislative representatives.

City's Legislative Workgroup

For Council positions on legislation not addressed in the City's Legislative Platform, staff may work with the City's Legislative Workgroup to place an item on the City Council agenda for consideration. The Legislative Platform only addresses issues directly relevant to or impacting the provision of municipal services. Generally, the City will not address matters that are not pertinent to the City's local government services such as partisan, socially divisive or international issues.