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NLC News

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.  
 
G.G. is…

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…

Oct 24
  • Courts

The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief encouraging the Supreme Court to not hear a case arguing that 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.
 
In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, decided in 1992, the Supreme Court held…

Oct 21
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On Wednesday, the leading presidential candidates took to the stage for the third and final time to answer questions about the pressing issues that will face the next president. Following the debate, NLC once again asked America’s mayors and councilmembers for their thoughts on how the candidates are addressing the critical issues that cities care most about: the economy, infrastructure and…

Oct 20
  • State

WASHINGTON — A quick poll of America's mayors and councilmembers found that infrastructure investment and strengthening the economy are the most pressing issues that Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump should address in their first 100 days if elected to office. The poll, conducted by the National League of Cities (NLC) in the first 17 hours after the final debate, also found that neither candidate…

Oct 19
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Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wednesday evening’s debate was the leading candidates’ last opportunity to speak to a national audience before Election Day. (photo credits: UNLV Photo Services)

This post was co-authored by Michael Wallace and Stephanie Martinez-Ruckman.

On Wednesday evening, the third and final presidential debate of this election cycle was…