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Legal & Legislative

Recognizing that the federal court system is responsible for much of the law affecting cities and their scope of authority, NLC established its Legal Advocacy Program to complement existing legislative outreach on behalf of its membership. Through the Program, NLC serves as a more effective and aggressive advocate for legal issues of national importance to local governments.

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  • CitiesSpeak

The court rejected the weight the Department of Justice tried to place on the recent memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, concluding it is not likely a binding legal opinion. So, is the executive order currently…

photo - District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling
photo - District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling
  • CitiesSpeak

In the last month of its term (June), the Supreme Court often issues opinions at a dizzying pace. Below is a very brief summary of the cases decided last month affecting local governments.

When it comes to big…

photo - Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017
photo - Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017
  • CitiesSpeak

The court’s consideration of the revised executive order will essentially weigh the need to protect people from discrimination based on religion or country of origin with the president’s power in matters of national…

photo - Supreme Court to Rule on Travel Ban
photo - Supreme Court to Rule on Travel Ban
  • CitiesSpeak

If the deciding justice finds that there is no clear way to determine constitutionality — and thus no clear way to establish laws against the practice — then the issue will continue to affect politics for the foreseeable…

photo - Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering
photo - Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering
  • CitiesSpeak

The Fourth Circuit concluded the revised travel ban likely violates the Establishment Clause, noting that its “text speaks with vague words of national security but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and…

photo - Is the President's Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?
photo - Is the President's Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?
  • CitiesSpeak

If the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act passes, it could set a dangerous precedent that would allow the federal government to nationalize the police and limit local authority to manage their police departments.

photo - New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents
photo - New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents
  • CitiesSpeak

It is not just the president who wants to curtail sanctuary jurisdictions — states are getting in on the action, too. Unsurprisingly, local governments are pushing back.

On May 7, 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB…

photo - Dueling Lawsuits Challenge and Defend Texas Sanctuary Jurisdictions Law
photo - Dueling Lawsuits Challenge and Defend Texas Sanctuary Jurisdictions Law
  • CitiesSpeak

Judge William Orrick recently issued an injunction blocking enforcement of Trump’s sanctuary cities executive order. Amid proposals to shut down the government over federal payments to sanctuary cities, what can cities…

photo - What’s Next for Trump’s Blocked Sanctuary Cities Order?
photo - What’s Next for Trump’s Blocked Sanctuary Cities Order?
  • CitiesSpeak

The executive order is under litigation – but how worried should cities be that the president will actually take away money from sanctuary jurisdictions in the near future?

Five days after assuming office,…

photo - Local Governments Sue Over Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
photo - Local Governments Sue Over Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
  • CitiesSpeak

The case revolves around the interpretation of a federal regulation that bans discrimination “on the basis of sex” in schools that receive federal money. The legal question is whether it can also ban discrimination based…

photo - Supreme Court Will Not Decide Transgender Bathroom Case
photo - Supreme Court Will Not Decide Transgender Bathroom Case