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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

The consolidated cases of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency and National Mining Association v. Environmental Protection Agency challenge a 2012 Environmental Protection…

Coal Power Plant
Coal Power Plant
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Update: the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for this case on Monday, January 12, 2015.

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona could upset sign codes nationally. Most sign codes, like Gilbert’s…

Yard Signs
Yard Signs
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The Supreme Court has agreed to review a Ninth Circuit decision ruling that individuals with mental illnesses must be accommodated under the ADA when being arrested.

The Fourth Amendment applies to arrests, no…

Supreme Court
Supreme Court
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Despite being early in the term, the Supreme Court has already issued two opinions involving state and local government.

As the Supreme Court’s term only began on October 6 it is a little early for the Court to be issuing opinions except…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Even though the Supreme Court’s next term won’t officially begin until October 6, the Court has already accepted about 40 of the 70 or so cases it will decide in the upcoming months.

For a more detailed summary of all the cases the Court…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Every Supreme Court tax case comes down to an argument perhaps most familiar to small children: “it isn’t fair.” The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC)/International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) amicus brief in Comptroller v. Wynne,…

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Supreme Court
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Supreme Court cases are usually known for what they hold. Harris v. Quinn will forever be known for what it did not hold. The Court did not overrule Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 35-year old precedent that is a cornerstone of public…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

In a unanimous opinion in McCullen v. Coakley the Supreme Court held that a Massachusetts statute making it a crime to stand on a public road or sidewalk within 35 feet of an abortion clinic violates the First Amendment. Massachusetts adopted…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

As usual, on the last day of the Supreme Court’s term it released its opinion in the biggest case of the term: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The Court held 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate violates the Religious Freedom…

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Supreme Court
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Warrantless searches of cellphones?  Simple question.  Simple answer.  No (generally). In Riley v. California the Supreme Court held unanimously that generally police must first obtain a warrant before searching an arrested person’…

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Supreme Court