The Regionalization Advisory Commission was created by the Acts of 2009, Chapter 60: An Act Establishing a Regionalization Advisory Commission.  The law was signed by the Governor in August 2009, tasking the Commission to submit its findings and recommendations for regionalizing local services no later than April 30, 2010.

Following the passage of this law, former Lt. Governor Murray was named chair of the Commission and led a series of meetings with the goal of identifying best practices, challenges, and recommendations for regionalization a range of local services including: public health, housing, veterans’ services, elder services, public safety, municipal finance, public works and transportation, education, libraries, green communities, and information technology.