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NLC News

Jul 01

Beyond what even the Supreme Court describes as “tawdy tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns,” McDonnell v. United States deals with a practical issue many elected officials confront at some point in their political career: when and how can you help someone who has helped you?
 
The Court unanimously reversed former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s bribery conviction. The…

Jun 29

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – June 29, 2016 – In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history – claiming the lives of 49 victims at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida – the National League of Cities (NLC) board of…

Jun 28
  • Environment & Sustainability
In press release

PORTLAND, Ore., June 28, 2016 — The National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are convening today in Portland, Oregon to launch the first-ever Equitable Economic Development Fellowship. Six cities were chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the fellowship: Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

The…

Jun 28

PORTLAND, OREGON — The National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are convening today in Portland, Oregon to launch the first-ever Equitable Economic Development Fellowship. Six cities were chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the fellowship: Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

The Equitable Economic Development…

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…