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Legal & Legislative

Recognizing that the federal court system is responsible for much of the law affecting cities and their scope of authority, NLC established its Legal Advocacy Program to complement existing legislative outreach on behalf of its membership. Through the Program, NLC serves as a more effective and aggressive advocate for legal issues of national importance to local governments.

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  • CitiesSpeak

In Washington, news of the latest healthcare reform efforts seem to change by the hour. But it’s been a particularly productive week on the issue, as both Congress and the Administration made moves to implement competing agendas. Here’s a quick…

Trump
Trump
  • CitiesSpeak

If Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his way, the answer will be yes.

Or at least, so Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee — shortly after two federal district courts temporarily prevented the third travel ban from going into…

Protestors
Protestors
  • CitiesSpeak

For years, local authorities have tangled with online retailers over sales tax collection within communities. But this fall, a new development in a blockbuster Supreme Court case could force the issue into the national spotlight.

In Quill…

The Supreme Court, by Getty.
The Supreme Court, by Getty.
  • CitiesSpeak

All eyes and ears were focused on Justice Kennedy today during the Supreme Court’s oral argument in Gill v. Whitford.

In this case, the court is asked to decide whether and when it is possible to bring a claim that partisan gerrymandering…

Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Over the weekend, the Supreme Court announced that they will no longer hear oral arguments in the case of President Trump’s travel ban — for now.

Previously scheduled for October 10, the arguments would have represented a major flashpoint…

Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) for law enforcement funding. In response, the city of Chicago sued Attorney…

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Rahm Emanuel, by Getty.
  • CitiesSpeak

Following a predictable loss before the South Dakota Supreme Court, the state of South Dakota is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that its law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax is constitutional. Doing so will…

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Online shopping, by Getty.
  • CitiesSpeak

In the summer, the Supreme Court is not in session — but outside stakeholders continue to file briefs in preparation for fall arguments.

Last month, NLC joined three Supreme Court amicus briefs filed by the State and Local Legal Center (…

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The Supreme Court, by Getty.
  • CitiesSpeak

Last week, a federal district judge in Texas invalidated a key Obama-era overtime regulation that would have made it more likely states and local governments would have had to pay more employees overtime.

Per the Fair Labor Standards Act…

A worker, by Getty.
A worker, by Getty.
  • CitiesSpeak

Lisa Soronen details the four most interesting cases for local governments to be reviewed this coming fall — plus one monumental case still under consideration that will affect every city in America.

Most of the…

photo - 2018 Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments
photo - 2018 Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments