The OML represents the collective interest of Ohio cities and villages before the Ohio General Assembly and the state elected and administrative offices. An official legislative policy is developed every other year by a process that begins with the legislative committee and ends with the approval of the League's legislative policy statement by the membership at the annual conference.
Numerous bills affecting cities and villages are introduced each session. While the Ohio General Assembly is in session, weekly legislative bulletins are sent to municipal officials by regular mail and email. These are supplemented by "fax bulletins" usually outlining some specific or fast action required. Legislative directories with Senators and Representatives addresses, phone numbers and committee assignments are provided to our members. And the first of each year, the League conducts a legislative conference where Senate and House leadership speak and the Senators and Representatives attend as invited guests.
OML staff testifies before legislative committees, coordinates testimony of municipal officials, prepares amendments, and meets and confers with legislators and their staff regularly.
Through its membership in the National League of Cities (NLC), the OML is able to keep Ohio's municipalities alerted to activities in Washington. Cities that are members of the OML are eligible to become direct member cities of NLC; only direct member city officials may serve on NLC Committees.