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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 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…

Rahm Emanuel, by Getty.
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…

Online shopping, by Getty.
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 (…

The Supreme Court, by Getty.
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
  • CitiesSpeak

The court rejected the weight the Department of Justice tried to place on the recent memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, concluding it is not likely a binding legal opinion. So, is the executive order currently…

photo - District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling
photo - District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling
  • CitiesSpeak

In the last month of its term (June), the Supreme Court often issues opinions at a dizzying pace. Below is a very brief summary of the cases decided last month affecting local governments.

When it comes to big…

photo - Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017
photo - Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017
  • CitiesSpeak

The court’s consideration of the revised executive order will essentially weigh the need to protect people from discrimination based on religion or country of origin with the president’s power in matters of national…

photo - Supreme Court to Rule on Travel Ban
photo - Supreme Court to Rule on Travel Ban
  • CitiesSpeak

If the deciding justice finds that there is no clear way to determine constitutionality — and thus no clear way to establish laws against the practice — then the issue will continue to affect politics for the foreseeable…

photo - Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering
photo - Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering
  • CitiesSpeak

The Fourth Circuit concluded the revised travel ban likely violates the Establishment Clause, noting that its “text speaks with vague words of national security but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and…

photo - Is the President's Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?
photo - Is the President's Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?