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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

This week, the Senate took up debate on immigration reform, a long-awaited moment for both this chamber and the country. On the table were several politically charged issues, including both the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)…

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Trump
  • CitiesSpeak

This week, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will review a California federal court’s temporary nationwide injunction to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It’s a case that has shaken the national…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

With the 2018 election just months away, America’s courts have been asked to consider and reconsider every aspect of our democracy. From foreign meddling to paper ballot tracking, it seems no detail is too minute to challenge.

Now, the…

Apparel
Apparel
  • CitiesSpeak

Earlier this year, it seemed like a certainty: The Supreme Court would hear arguments concerning, and rule on, the legality of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a key component of the Obama legacy.

Now, with the proposal of new regulations…

Smokestacks.
Smokestacks.
  • CitiesSpeak

In Washington, news of the latest healthcare reform efforts seem to change by the hour. But it’s been a particularly productive week on the issue, as both Congress and the Administration made moves to implement competing agendas. Here’s a quick…

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Trump
  • CitiesSpeak

If Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his way, the answer will be yes.

Or at least, so Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee — shortly after two federal district courts temporarily prevented the third travel ban from going into…

Protestors
Protestors
  • CitiesSpeak

For years, local authorities have tangled with online retailers over sales tax collection within communities. But this fall, a new development in a blockbuster Supreme Court case could force the issue into the national spotlight.

In Quill…

The Supreme Court, by Getty.
The Supreme Court, by Getty.
  • CitiesSpeak

All eyes and ears were focused on Justice Kennedy today during the Supreme Court’s oral argument in Gill v. Whitford.

In this case, the court is asked to decide whether and when it is possible to bring a claim that partisan gerrymandering…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Over the weekend, the Supreme Court announced that they will no longer hear oral arguments in the case of President Trump’s travel ban — for now.

Previously scheduled for October 10, the arguments would have represented a major flashpoint…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) for law enforcement funding. In response, the city of Chicago sued Attorney…

Rahm Emanuel, by Getty.
Rahm Emanuel, by Getty.