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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

It is not just the president who wants to curtail sanctuary jurisdictions — states are getting in on the action, too. Unsurprisingly, local governments are pushing back.

On May 7, 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB…

photo - Dueling Lawsuits Challenge and Defend Texas Sanctuary Jurisdictions Law
photo - Dueling Lawsuits Challenge and Defend Texas Sanctuary Jurisdictions Law
  • CitiesSpeak

Judge William Orrick recently issued an injunction blocking enforcement of Trump’s sanctuary cities executive order. Amid proposals to shut down the government over federal payments to sanctuary cities, what can cities…

photo - What’s Next for Trump’s Blocked Sanctuary Cities Order?
photo - What’s Next for Trump’s Blocked Sanctuary Cities Order?
  • CitiesSpeak

The executive order is under litigation – but how worried should cities be that the president will actually take away money from sanctuary jurisdictions in the near future?

Five days after assuming office,…

photo - Local Governments Sue Over Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
photo - Local Governments Sue Over Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
  • CitiesSpeak

The case revolves around the interpretation of a federal regulation that bans discrimination “on the basis of sex” in schools that receive federal money. The legal question is whether it can also ban discrimination based…

photo - Supreme Court Will Not Decide Transgender Bathroom Case
photo - Supreme Court Will Not Decide Transgender Bathroom Case
  • CitiesSpeak

The case revolves around the interpretation of a federal regulation that bans discrimination “on the basis of sex” in schools that receive federal money. The legal question is whether it can also ban discrimination based…

photo - What's Next for the Supreme Court's Transgender Bathroom Case?
photo - What's Next for the Supreme Court's Transgender Bathroom Case?
  • CitiesSpeak

In a new report, NLC finds that states limit city power through preemption in a number of policy areas, ranging from labor protections to taxing authority.

State legislatures have gotten more aggressive in their…

photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
  • News Announcement

What if a police officer arrests someone because the officer doesn’t believe the person is telling the truth and there is evidence the officer is right?

In District of Columbia v. Wesby, the Supreme Court will…

  • News Announcement

This Supreme Court case involves a city as a named party, and could affect future cases in which an intervener files against a local government.

The Supreme Court accepts all kinds of cases involving states and…

  • CitiesSpeak

The executive order on refugees has had a significant impact on America's cities – but it could also be an indicator of how the president's executive orders will generally be interpreted throughout the legal system…

photo - What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
photo - What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
  • CitiesSpeak

Without a doubt, state and local governments would benefit from the repeal of many federal regulations – but there are legal barriers to the president's approach.

Through executive orders, presidents are able to…

photo - Is President Trump's "2-for-1" Executive Order Actionable?
photo - Is President Trump's "2-for-1" Executive Order Actionable?