Annual Conference Resolutions
Policy development is a key part of the League’s legislative effectiveness and the League’s Annual Conference Resolutions process is one way that city officials can directly participate in the development of League policy. 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.
How to participate in the League's Annual Conference Resolution Process
Submission of 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 must be submitted to the League’s Sacramento office no later than 60 days prior to the opening of the conference. Resolutions should focus on direct municipal issues of statewide importance.
Consideration at the Conference
The League President refers the resolutions to the League policy committees for review and recommendation at the Conference. Resolutions are next considered by the General Resolutions Committee (GRC), which consists of representatives from each division, department, policy committee and individuals appointed by the League President. Resolutions that are approved by the GRC, and resolutions that are approved by the policy committees, but not approved by the GRC, are next considered by the General Assembly. Resolutions approved by the General Assembly become League policy. Other action on resolutions can be: refer back to a policy committee, amend, disapprove, or no action. The League of California Cities resolution process at the Annual Conference is guided by League Bylaws. A helpful explanation of this process can be found here: Guidelines for the Annual Conference Resolutions Process.
Please Note: Any resolutions submitted to the General Assembly must be concurred in by five cities or by city officials from at least five or more cities. Those submitting resolutions should be prepared to provide written documentation of concurrence by five cities or by city officials from at least five or more cities. This may be in the form of a letter from the city or the city official in support. For concurrences by a city official, the official’s city and office held must be included in the letter. All concurrences must be submitted at the time the resolution is submitted by the deadline.
In order to vote at the Annual Business Meeting, your city council must designate a voting delegate. Your city may also appoint up to two alternate voting delegates, one of whom may vote in the event that the designated voting delegate is unable to serve in that capacity. Please complete the Voting Delegate form and return it to the League’s office no later than Friday, October 9. This will allow us time to establish voting delegate/alternate records prior to the conference. Voting Delegate Letter and Form.
Resolutions to address late-breaking issues may be introduced by petition at the Annual Conference. To qualify, a petitioned resolution must be signed by 10 percent of the voting delegates and submitted at least 24 hours before the beginning of the Concluding General Assembly. All qualified petitioned resolutions are forwarded to the General Assembly for consideration, regardless of the action recommended by the GRC.
2020 Resolutions Calendar and Deadlines
Before the Conference
Friday, July 17: Deadline for submitting appointments to the General Resolutions Committee.
Saturday, August 8, Midnight: Deadline for submitting resolutions to the League office by regular mail, e-mail or fax.
Friday, August 21: Resolutions distributed to city officials and posted on the League Web site.
At the Conference
Wednesday, October 7, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Policy committees meet to review resolutions and make recommendations to the General Resolutions Committee on resolutions assigned to each committee.
Thursday, October 8, 12:30 p.m.: Deadline to submit signatures to qualify a petitioned resolution.
Thursday, October 8, 1:00 p.m.: General Resolutions Committee meets to consider and make recommendations on resolutions.
Friday, October 9, 12:30 p.m.: Consideration of resolutions by cities in the General Assembly at the Annual Business Meeting. (Voting Delegates must purchase a conference registration and must stay until conclusion of voting. They may register for Friday only.)
Current Resolutions Packets, Final Reports, and Other Helpful Information
The following documents and reports provide more information about the Annual Conference Resolutions process, including adopted resolutions for each year.
For copies of previous year's reports and documents please contact Meg Desmond