North Dakota is now an Associate Member of
By Larry Syverson
In 2017 The National Association of Towns and Townships offered NDTOA an
opportunity to become an associate member at a much reduced cost. While
this is a non-voting membership, the NDTOA Board of Directors felt that
we can trust the NATaT Board to advance rural interests which should be
quite similar to ours. The NDTOA Board of Directors will review this
arrangement each December before renewing for another year.
What does North Dakota get out of this? We get the
NATaT Weekly Legislative Update, which includes the Congressional
Outlook, the planned actions for the coming week; and also the Week in
Review which outlines the actions of the past week. More importantly, we
also get to have input at NATaT Board meetings and during the frequent
conference calls. They ask “How will this affect North Dakota?” or “Do
you have any concerns about this?” So, what do we get? Simply put, we
get included in the discussions.
What does NATaT get out of North Dakota being
members? For one thing, when they are advocating for an issue important
to rural America we are one more state they can list in support. Also
when NATaT is seeking signers or supporters for a bill they stand a
better chance of getting the North Dakota congressional delegation to
join in because we are listed as members.
Washington is not that much different than
Bismarck in this one respect, there are not all that many of us on the
rural side of things; we have to stick together and work together.