Category: Legislation

Seven Ways Cities Can Support Small Businesses During the Holidays

Efforts to shop small and shop locally are especially critical because they bolster the local economy – and since local sales taxes are often not collected for online purchases, encouraging residents to support local merchants is also a fiscal win for many cities. ‘Tis the season for spending money. The latest National Retail Federation survey

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4 Reasons Why e-Fairness is Good for City Economies

The online sales tax loophole isn’t just an unfair disadvantage for local businesses – it also prevents cities from collecting the taxes already owed to them on remote online purchases. As we enter the season of gift-giving, local officials should be aware of an issue that costs their cities billions of dollars every year: the

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The First Amendment is Not the Last Word at Public Meetings

Managing public comments at city council meetings isn’t easy. Review this framework to be prepared for disruptions. This is a guest post by Ann G. Macfarlane. In this country today, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our civil liberty. The freedoms that it lists are crucial to our society. When

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Drones Will Have an Impact on Your City. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Cities across America will need to decide how they want to manage widespread commercial drone use, how they want to adopt drone technology for themselves, and how best they can encourage innovation in this exciting and growing field while still ensuring public safety. We live in automated times. The technologies that for many represent the

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Seven Significant Supreme Court Cases for Local Governments

The Supreme Court ruled on a number of cases this term that will affect local governments. (markphariss/Getty Images) That same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and the Affordable Care Act remains intact will forever outshine every other decision from this Supreme Court term. But local governments will ignore the rest of this term

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Supreme Court Holds No Dog Sniffs After Completed Traffic Stops

In a 6-3 decision in Rodriguez v. United States, the Supreme Court held that a dog sniff conducted after a completed traffic stop violates the Fourth Amendment. In a dissent, Justice Alito describes the Court’s holding as “unnecessary, impractical, and arbitrary,” and suggests savvy officers can skirt it. Officer Struble pulled over Dennys Rodriguez after he

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