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Advocacy

NLC is first and foremost an advocate for the work of local government. Our work covers issues that impact municipalities at all levels – federal, state, and local. Advocacy efforts focus on advancing NLC's annual legislative agenda, monitoring regulatory action, and championing legal issues of national importance to local governments.

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  • Issue Brief

NLC calls on Congress and the President to preserve the federal income tax exemption on municipal bonds. Learn more about how municipal bonds help cities modernize our nation’s infrastructure below and join NLC in our efforts to protect the tax…

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City buildings
  • Federal Advocacy Update
In this issue: Does your Representative Support Muni Bonds? Cities Applaud Passage of Cures Act & Opioid Funding Authorization NLC Releases 2017 National Municipal Policy NLC Continues Outreach to New Administration With NLC's Support,…
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City building
  • News Announcement

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving the question of whether a Colorado law requiring remote sellers to inform Colorado purchasers annually of their purchases and send the same information to the Colorado Department of Revenue is…

  • CitiesSpeak

Getting involved with an NLC committee, council or constituency group gives city leaders an edge when it comes to knowing the best practices – and the right people – they need to get the job done for their constituents.…

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nlc group
  • Position Statement

The National Municipal Policy is a compilation of federal policy positions adopted by the full NLC membership. These positions focus on federal actions, programs, and legislation that directly impact municipalities and guide all of NLC's federal…

  • Press Release

PITTSBURGH — November 19, 2016 — The National League of Cities (NLC) today named its 2017 leadership and board of directors at its annual City Summit in Pittsburgh. The membership elected Councilmember Matt Zone of Cleveland to serve as NLC's…

  • News Announcement

Qualified immunity cases, generally speaking, could not be more straightforward for state and local governments. No matter how bad the facts of the case, one legal analysis is better.
 
Mesa v. Hernandez provides a qualified immunity…

  • News Announcement

Trouble over phantom accounts isn't the only problem Wells Fargo is currently facing. Cities have sued Wells Fargo and Bank of America for reverse redlining (lending to equally qualified minorities on less favorable terms than whites).
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  • Federal Advocacy Update
In this issue: Take Action to Ensure the Next President Addresses City Priorities Congress Avoids Government Shutdown House Passes Water Resources Bill, Moves to Conference Committee Clean Power Plan Has Its Day in Court Senate Introduces…
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Washington D.C. buildings
  • Federal Advocacy Update
In this issue: Congress to Push Deadline for Spending Bills to December States Challenge New Overtime Rule in Court Senate Passes Water Resources Bill, NLC Urges House Action  Juvenile Justice Reform Gets House Support Florida and Colorado…
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