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NLC News

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 26
Press Release
Press Release
  • Advocacy

Immigration reform must not mandate that cities and towns serve as agents for federal immigration enforcement or erode local police-community trust.

WASHINGTON — January 26, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order yesterday intended to prohibit federal funding to so-called "sanctuary jurisdictions." The order ambiguously defines sanctuary jurisdiction and empowers…

Jan 26
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The National League of Cities spent this week in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Republican National Convention, convening Republican local officials, talking to leaders, and getting the inside scoop on how the decisions made by GOP delegates will impact cities. Here are our key takeaways from this week’s convention:

1. Infrastructure Investment Is a Bipartisan Issue

On Tuesday, July…

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 13
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us capitol image
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

In this issue:

NLC Tells Congress: Repeal of ACA Must Include Simultaneous Replacement Georgia Local Leaders Fly-In to Washington to Advocate for Cities Cabinet Nominees Show Trump Administration Focused on City Priorities FCC Threatens to Limit Local Land Use Authority on Wireless Siting EPA Announces WIFIA Funding Opportunity NLC Leaders Appointed to FCC Intergovernmental Advisory…
Jan 12
Press Release
Press Release
  • Advocacy

WASHINGTON — January 12, 2017 — Following action in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), National League of Cities (NLC) President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland, released the following statement:

"The National League of Cities calls on Congress to ensure that any proposal to amend or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sustains and builds upon the nation's progress…

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…

Jan 05
Press Release
Press Release
  • City Government

"Trends in Smart City Development" offers recommendations for every smart city plan

WASHINGTON — January 5, 2016 —  The National League of Cities (NLC) today released "Trends in Smart City Development," a new report featuring case studies about how five cities — Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and New Delhi, India — are implementing smart city projects from…