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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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What does a litigant do when the statute of limitations has run on his or her best claim? Get creative, of course – especially when the Supreme Court has left the door open.
 
Elijah Manuel was arrested and charged with possession of…

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A new South Dakota law may end up determining whether most U.S. residents are required to pay sales taxes on their online purchases.

In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, decided in 1992, the Supreme Court held that states cannot require…

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Federal immigration measures have a local impact.

It was a different crowd today at the Supreme Court. The number of children on the courthouse steps may have exceeded the number of adults, and the voices on the microphones were speaking…

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In what has been described as the most important “one-person, one-vote” case since the Supreme Court adopted the principle over 50 years ago, the Court held that states may apportion state legislative districts based on total population. Local…

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Our full roundup of the latest Supreme Court developments covers a wide variety of cases relevant to cities.

 

2016 is looking to be a big year for the Supreme Court. Here's what cities need to know about the issues under…

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In a 4-4 tie, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s decision upholding the legality of collective bargaining service fees for public sector employees who aren’t union members.

 

Friedrichs v. California Teachers…

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Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was generally supportive of local government, and his passing leaves many questions as to how the nation's highest court will rule in upcoming cases affecting cities.

Justice Scalia’s death came…

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Even with the best-intentioned legislation, public policy initiatives can stall without the proper tools to enable easy and efficient compliance.

This is a guest post by Tim Woodbury.

Municipal laws and codes have been forged over…

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The petitioners in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association are asking the Court to restrict the collection of fees by unions that represent more than nine million public employees in 23 states and the District of…

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This is a guest post by Thomas M. Larned. This post is the first entry in a two-part series regarding efforts to reform policing practices in response to a growing divide between police officers and the communities that they protect and serve.…