Author: Yucel (u-jel) Ors

Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City

Consider the following scenario: Tom, who lives in Arizona, plans to take a trip to New York City to see the sites, visit the Statue of Liberty, and walk through Central Park. In Arizona, he can carry a concealed handgun without a permit. When he visits New York City, he plans to bring his weapon

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New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents

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. Local officials have historically been responsible for managing local police departments in the United States, and officials in more than 19,000 cities

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Is Your City at Risk of Losing Federal Funding?

There are three main questions that cities need to be aware of when dissecting the political rhetoric around sanctuary cities. This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don’t let Congress leave America’s cities behind — join

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The Federal Government Needs to Fix the Immigration System — Not Cities

An attempt to shift the federal responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws to local governments is an unfunded mandate that diverts critical resources from local government programs. This post was co-authored by Yucel Ors and Aileen Carr. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the

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Two Reasons Why the 21st Century Cures Act is Good for Cities

The passage of the bill is an important step towards ensuring federal support for local efforts to address substance abuse and mental health needs, particularly when it comes to fighting the opioid epidemic. This post was co-authored by Yucel Ors and Stephanie Martinez-Ruckman. Today the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act with overwhelming

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Flood Mitigation: An Investment in City Resilience

Working together with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Economist Intelligence Unit put together a socio-economic analysis to help local officials make a compelling argument to invest in flood mitigation programs. American cities are increasingly at risk from storm surges caused by frequent, high precipitation weather patterns. Researchers from the University of South Florida

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How Cities Can Train Police Officers Not to Shoot

American soldiers are provided with extensive training that outlines strict rules of engagement and emphasizes the use of force as a last resort. Why aren’t we providing our police officers with the same level of training? Police shootings occur nearly every day in America. Many are justified, but many are unnecessary and avoidable. When investigations

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6 Essential Tenets for Effective Community Policing

Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti greets an officer during a community celebration. (Getty) This is an excerpt from NLC’s report, City

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What the End of the “Get Tough on Crime” Era Means for Cities

This is the fourth post in NLC’s 90th Anniversary series. The “get tough on crime” movement, emerging in the late 1960s and early 1970s led to enormous increases in drug arrests, longer prison sentences with mandatory minimums, more punitive juvenile justice sentencing and greater incarceration of juveniles, low-income individuals and people of color. According to

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