AIC is the single most important advocacy group for Idaho’s 200 incorporated cities. The association’s mission is to “develop and advocate policies that strengthen and support cities.” AIC’s legislative advocacy work involves:
- Researching and drafting legislation for the benefit of cities;
- Monitoring all legislation affecting cities;
- Communicating important legislative information to city officials;
- Communicating the interests of cities to legislators; and
- Organizing city officials for a united legislative response.
AIC’s Legislative Committee is composed of elected city officials representing every area of the state, and serves to inform and engage city officials on important legislative issues. The committee is supported by Technical Analysis Teams representing administrative and fiscal officers, city attorneys, building officials, city clerks, fire chiefs, parks and recreation directors, planners, police chiefs, and public works officials. These teams bring together a wealth of knowledge and expertise to examine the potential impact of hundreds of bills every legislative session.
City officials are very engaged in the legislative process, which includes contacting legislators, attending and testifying at committee hearings, and coordinating with local civic and other groups. The grassroots involvement of city officials is the critical ingredient in AIC's legislative advocacy efforts.