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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

Managing public comments at city council meetings isn’t easy. Review this framework to be prepared for

This is a guest post by Ann G. Macfarlane.

In this country today, the First Amendment to the U.S.…

City hall
City hall
  • CitiesSpeak

President-elect Trump should have little trouble getting a conservative nominee through the majority-Republican Senate. What does this mean for state and local governments?

While still a candidate, President-elect…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Recently, the national conversation about mass incarceration has turned local, focusing on county and city-run jails that act as incarceration’s front door. A missing element to that discussion, however, is the fastest…

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prison

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  • CitiesSpeak

NLC’s Lisa Soronen provides a complete review of the 2015-2016 cases that affect local governments, and offers a glimpse at three new cases of interest to be decided in the Court’s 2016-2017 term.

The Big Cases

In Friedrichs v.…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Is the North Carolina legislature caught in a "Catch-22," or are its problems entirely of its own making? The Supreme Court might weigh in on McCrory v. Harris.
 
McCrory v. Harris is a typical redistricting case in at least two…

Supreme Court
Supreme Court

What does a litigant do when the statute of limitations has run on his or her best claim? Get creative, of course – especially when the Supreme Court has left the door open.
 
Elijah Manuel was arrested and charged with possession of…

  • CitiesSpeak

A new South Dakota law may end up determining whether most U.S. residents are required to pay sales taxes on their online purchases.

In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, decided in 1992, the Supreme Court held that states cannot require…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Federal immigration measures have a local impact.

It was a different crowd today at the Supreme Court. The number of children on the courthouse steps may have exceeded the number of adults, and the voices on the microphones were speaking…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

In what has been described as the most important “one-person, one-vote” case since the Supreme Court adopted the principle over 50 years ago, the Court held that states may apportion state legislative districts based on total population. Local…

redeistricting
redeistricting