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NLC News

Apr 26
Councilmember Jermaine Reed (R), Kansas City, Missouri, and Judge/Executive Gary Moore (L), Boone County, Kentucky, testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs. PHOTO CREDIT: SAM WARLICK/NLC.
Councilmember Jermaine Reed (R), Kansas City, Missouri, and Judge/Executive Gary Moore (L), Boone County, Kentucky, testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs. PHOTO CREDIT: SAM WARLICK/NLC.
  • Advocacy

WASHINGTON — Today, Councilmember Jermaine Reed, Kansas City, Missouri, and Judge/Executive Gary Moore, Boone County, Kentucky, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs on unfunded mandates and the burden they place on communities. Reed and Moore testified on behalf of the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National…

Apr 19
photo - New Autonomous Vehicle Guide Helps Cities Prepare for a Driverless Future
photo - New Autonomous Vehicle Guide Helps Cities Prepare for a Driverless Future
  • Transportation
  • Innovation

New Autonomous Vehicle Guide Helps Cities Prepare for a Driverless Future

WASHINGTON — April 19, 2017 — Today, National League of Cities (NLC) released a new guide to help cities prepare for the roll out of autonomous vehicles (AV) in their communities. The report, “Autonomous Vehicles: A Policy Preparation Guide,” provides an overview of AV technology and answers…

Feb 15
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

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 decide whether, when the owner of a vacant house informs police he has not authorized entry, an officer assessing probable cause to arrest those inside…

Feb 15
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

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 local governments. Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates involves a long, complicated story and legal issue.
 
Steven Sherman sued the Town of…

Jan 27
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Courts

In Packingham v. North Carolina, the Supreme Court will hopefully refine its holding in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona (2015) in a way favorable to local governments.

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether a North Carolina statute prohibiting registered sex offenders from accessing social networking websites where they know minors can create or maintain a…

Jan 25
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Courts

Los Angeles County v. Mendez poses a simple question: should police officers be liable for the use of reasonable force (when they have done something they should not have)?

In its amicus brief, the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) asks the Supreme Court to reject the "provocation" rule, where any time a police officer violates the Fourth Amendment and violence ensues, the officer…

Jan 18
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Courts

We are one step closer to the Supreme Court deciding the ultimate question regarding the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulations, which is, of course: are they lawful? For now, the Supreme Court has agreed to decide if federal courts of appeals or, instead, federal district courts (lower courts) have the authority to answer this question. 
 
Numerous states and local…

Jan 10
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Courts

Each term the Supreme Court reverses a number of lower court decisions denying police officers qualified immunity. White v. Pauly is the first of such cases this term. It is a win for law enforcement (which could have been bigger).

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous per curiam (unauthored) opinion overturning a lower court's denial of qualified immunity to a police officer in an…

Jan 10
Build America Mutual receiving award at 2016 city summit
Build America Mutual receiving award at 2016 city summit
  • Municipal Bonds

The NLC Distinguished Service to Cities Award, established in 2014, is given annually to a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) for making a significant contribution to building stronger, more innovative and resilient cities and towns. The 2016 honoree is Build America Mutual, which was recognized for the cost savings it has provided to its member cities and towns by guaranteeing…

Dec 13
  • Courts
  • Advocacy

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving the question of whether a Colorado law requiring remote sellers to inform Colorado purchasers annually of their purchases and send the same information to the Colorado Department of Revenue is unconstitutional. As is always the case, the Supreme Court gave no reason for denying the petition.   

In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota,…