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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 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 - What's Next for the Supreme Court's Transgender Bathroom Case?
photo - What's Next for the Supreme Court's Transgender Bathroom Case?
  • CitiesSpeak

In a new report, NLC finds that states limit city power through preemption in a number of policy areas, ranging from labor protections to taxing authority.

State legislatures have gotten more aggressive in their…

photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
  • News Announcement

What if a police officer arrests someone because the officer doesn’t believe the person is telling the truth and there is evidence the officer is right?

In District of Columbia v. Wesby, the Supreme Court will…

  • News Announcement

This Supreme Court case involves a city as a named party, and could affect future cases in which an intervener files against a local government.

The Supreme Court accepts all kinds of cases involving states and…

  • CitiesSpeak

The executive order on refugees has had a significant impact on America's cities – but it could also be an indicator of how the president's executive orders will generally be interpreted throughout the legal system…

photo - What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
photo - What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
  • CitiesSpeak

Without a doubt, state and local governments would benefit from the repeal of many federal regulations – but there are legal barriers to the president's approach.

Through executive orders, presidents are able to…

photo - Is President Trump's "2-for-1" Executive Order Actionable?
photo - Is President Trump's "2-for-1" Executive Order Actionable?
  • CitiesSpeak

One case in particular gives cities a reason to be excited about this nomination.

The authors of Searching for Scalia evaluated who on President Donald Trump’s list of potential nominees to replace Justice…

photo - What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for State and Local Governments?
photo - What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for State and Local Governments?
  • CitiesSpeak

President Donald Trump’s refugee executive order has resulted in confusion and lawsuits which will continue to be resolved in the upcoming months. On Monday night, acting Attorney General Sally Yates directed Justice Department attorneys not to…

photo - Refugee Executive Order Faces Legal Challenges
photo - Refugee Executive Order Faces Legal Challenges
  • CitiesSpeak

The State and Local Legal Center's Lisa Soronen discusses a few possible legal theories cities may rely on if they sue the federal government in the wake of President Trump's most recent executive order.

On the…

photo - Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding
photo - Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding
  • CitiesSpeak

Can President Trump cancel President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders?

Former President Barack Obama, like most of the presidents that recently preceded him, issued about 300 executive orders. While on…

photo - President Obama signs an executive order
photo - President Obama signs an executive order