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NLC News

Nov 02

WASHINGTON — Early this morning, two Iowa police officers were fatally shot in their patrol cars. The National League of Cities (NLC) strongly condemns all acts of senseless violence such as the one seen this morning. The following statement may be attributed to NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony:

"This morning, officers from the cities of Urbandale and Des Moines,…

Nov 01
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Tax-exempt municipal bonds are the primary way state and local governments finance the kinds of infrastructure that support everyday life and robust local economies – and, unfortunately, both of the leading presidential candidates support measures to cap or eliminate them. (Getty Images)

This post was co-authored by Carolyn Berndt, Matthew Colvin and Angelina Panettieri.

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Nov 01
  • Courts

In Texas, state law requires most people under age 25 to attend a state-licensed private driver education school to obtain a driver's license. None of the schools accommodate deaf students. So a number of deaf students sued the Texas Education Agency (TEA) arguing it was required to bring the driver education schools into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   
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Oct 31

WASHINGTON —  In June, the National League of Cities (NLC) board of directors selected the City of San Antonio, Texas to host its City Summit conference November 20-23, 2019. City Summit - previously known as the Congress of Cities - is the largest educational and networking event for city officials. Thousands of city officials and professional staff will convene in San Antonio for four days…

Oct 31
  • Courts

The Supreme Court stepped into a morass when it decided to weigh in on a school district's dispute with a transgender student over which bathroom he should use. But it side-stepped the most interesting legal issue the case raised-having nothing to do with the rights of transgender persons-perhaps because it may have to decide this case with an eight-member Court.  
 
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Oct 28
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City leaders are taking actions to stem the tide of overdoses and deaths resulting from the opioid crisis. Across the country, cities are expanding prevention and treatment programs and providing flexibility to the public safety personnel who interact daily with individuals suffering from addiction. However, cities cannot end this epidemic alone – they need support from the federal government…

Oct 27
  • Courts

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide cases accusing federal government officials at the highest levels of mistreating people investigated for possible terrorist connections after 9/11.
 
All Supreme Court qualified immunity cases, including Ziglar v. Turkmen, Ashcroft v. Turkmen, and Hasty v. Turkmen, affect state and local governments. These cases raise issues that frequently…

Oct 25
  • Advocacy

Qualified immunity cases, generally speaking, could not be more straightforward for state and local governments. No matter how bad the facts of the case, one legal analysis is better.
 
Mesa v. Hernandez provides a qualified immunity quandary. If Agent Mesa wins his qualified immunity claim, other government officials in the future may lose their qualified immunity claims.
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Oct 24

WASHINGTON, D.C. and SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — The National League of Cities (NLC) and the League of California Cities (LCC) today announced that Carolyn Coleman will join the LCC as the league's new executive director. Coleman, who has served as a senior executive and director of federal…

Oct 24
  • Courts

The question the Supreme Court will decide in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman is whether state "no-surcharge" laws that prohibit vendors from charging more to credit-card customers but allows them to charge less to cash customers violates the First Amendment.

Here is why this case matters to local governments: An amicus brief filed on behalf of a number of retailers asking the…