Category: Federal Government

DHS Public Charge Proposed Rulemaking Threatens Economic Vitality of Cities

On Thursday, November 29, the National League of Cities submitted comments in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) notice of proposed rulemaking to expand the definition of a “public charge.” NLC has been active on the public charge issue for many years, including engaging with other state and local government organizations on the impact

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4 Takeaways from Proposed Opportunity Zone Regulations

The Opportunity Zones program, passed into law last year, went by nearly unnoticed after it was bundled into the larger 2017 tax reform bill. Many state and local leaders were first introduced to the program during the 90-day window for zone selections at the start of this year. While the first year of the program

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Five Takeaways for Cities from the FCC’s Small Cell Preemption Order

On Wednesday, September 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a declaratory ruling and report and order that would enact harsh new preemptions of local authority over small cell wireless facility deployment and management of local rights-of-way. The order will go into effect 90 days after publication of the final version in the Federal

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For Cities, Opportunity Starts at Home

The National League of Cities’ (NLC) Community and Economic Development Committee is consistently one of the largest of NLC’s seven advocacy committees. That makes sense, given that survey after survey has shown that economic development is consistently among the top priorities identified by local elected officials. It doesn’t seem to matter how well or poorly

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Justice Neil Gorsuch and the Case of the Graveyard Invaders

Over the past year, the Supreme Court has issues consequential rulings on labor, free speech, international travel and more. But in October 2018, as it begins a new term, the Supreme Court will start with a Halloween-appropriate case. In Knick v. Township of Scott, the Supreme Court will decide whether to overturn Williamson County Regional

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Washington Takes Action on Key Workforce Investments

This year, the National League of Cities (NLC) is focused on telling the story of city infrastructure through our Rebuild With Us campaign. Together with local leaders, we’re calling on Congress and the administration to work with cities to invest in the roads, bridges, waterways and broadband networks that make up the economic backbone of

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Supreme Court Sends Qualified Immunity Win Back to Lower Court

In the past, many academics have complained about the Supreme Court frequently reversing lower court decisions that have denied police officers qualified immunity. Last month, in Sause v. Bauer, the court reversed (and remanded) a grant of qualified immunity. In a unanimous per curiam (unauthored) opinion, the Supreme Court remanded this case back to the

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What City Leaders Should Know about the Supreme Court’s Union Ruling

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court held 5-4 in Janus v. AFSCME that state statutes allowing public sector employers and unions to agree that employees who don’t join the union must still pay their “fair share” of collective bargaining costs violate the First Amendment. The court also held that employees must “affirmatively consent” to join the

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Supreme Court Blocks Disclosure Requirements for California Pregnancy Clinics

On Tuesday, in a 5-4 decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, the Supreme Court ruled that a California law requiring licensed pregnancy clinics to disclose they don’t offer abortions and unlicensed pregnancy clinics to disclose the fact they are unlicensed likely violates the First Amendment. The ruling has significant implications

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