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Jun 24
  • Economic Development

What goals were the initiatives designed to address?

Even before the Great Recession, this community was experiencing a weakening economy due to a loss of middle income residents and the departure of major national retail shopping stores. Toward the goal of establishing a process and a set of tools to lead a redevelopment effort, a Community Redevelopment Agency was created in…

Jun 24

The Supreme Court split 4-4 in United States v. Texas on whether the President's deferred action immigration program violates federal law. As a result, the Fifth Circuit's nationwide temporary stay of the program remains in effect. Next, a trial court may rule on whether the program should be permanently stayed.

The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program allows certain…

Jun 24

As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Birchfield v. North Dakota, in states that criminalize the refusal to take a blood alcohol concentration tests, officers should offer only a breath (not blood) test unless they have a warrant.

The Court held 5-3 that states may criminalize an arrestee’s refusal to take a warrantless breath test. If states criminalize the refusal to take a…

Jun 24

The Supreme Court issued a 4-4 ruling in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The Court’s decision leaves in place the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that in some instances nonmembers of Indian tribes (including state and local governments) can be sued in tribal court (as opposed to state or federal court) for tort (civil wrongdoing) claims.
 
The Supreme Court…

Jun 23
  • Technology

WASHINGTON — In a win for local governments and local decision-making authority, new rules issued this week by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on unmanned aviation systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, recognize that city leaders should play a role in regulating how, when and where drones operate in their communities. The new rules put in place a number of new regulations,…

Jun 23

Ironically, had Justice Scalia lived, Fisher II might have been 4-4 or become Fisher III. But instead, the more liberal Justices plus Justice Kennedy prevailed in this win for affirmative action.
 
In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin the Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the University of Texas at Austin’s race-conscious admissions program is constitutional, as least of 2008, when…

Jun 20

The events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, in the fall of 2014 have found their way to the Supreme Court – not directly, but certainly unmistakably.
 
A police officer stopped Edward Streiff after he left a suspected drug house. The officer discovered Streiff had an outstanding warrant, searched him (legally), and discovered he was carrying illegal drugs. The Supreme Court…

Jun 17
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
In this issue: Georgia Leaders and NLC Constituency Groups Lobby Capitol Hill for City Priorities Going to the DNC or RNC Convention? Join NLC for Special Events! NLC Urges Senate to Vote on Water Resources Bill Local Governments Prepare for New Overtime Rule Interior-Environment Appropriations Bills Advance through Committee HUD Proposes New Plans to Increase Broadband for Low-Income…
Jun 17

In this issue:

Georgia Leaders and NLC Constituency Groups Lobby Capitol Hill for City Priorities Going to the DNC or RNC Convention? Join NLC for Special Events! NLC Urges Senate to Vote on Water Resources Bill Local Governments Prepare for New…
Jun 17

Whoever thought up merger probably long ago gave up worrying if it was unconstitutional, if they even ever thought about it. But now that person (and numerous cities, counties, and states) have reason to worry.
 
In Murr v. Wisconsin the Supreme Court will decide whether merger provisions in state law and local ordinances, where nonconforming, adjacent lots under common ownership are…