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Here’s an Energy Idea More Municipal Leaders Need to Consider

Municipal leaders, both first-termers and seasoned incumbents, are reviewing energy usage by and within their municipalities. The buck often starts and stops with using CFL light bulbs, installing LED traffic lights, and...more

Ninth Circuit: City Requirement That Cell-Tower Company Obtain Voter Approval Upheld

When T-Mobile sought to place a cell-tower in a park owned by the City of Huntington Beach, California, the City granted the company all the regulatory approvals it required. But the City also informed T-Mobile that before...more

Court Denies Cell-Tower Company's Challenge to Initiative Requiring Voter-Approval Before City Can Lease Property

Decision Could Be Relevant to Upcoming FCC Rulemaking - An appellate court last week ruled that a provision of the federal Communications Act limiting how a local government may regulate the “placement, construction,...more

Beyond Dispute - June 2013: Super Control Board May Be in the Near Future for New York State

Amid signs of an improving economic climate, municipalities continue to struggle to meet financial obligations. At a time when most industries are now showing positive job growth, the government sector continues to slash...more

Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg's Al Dotson

Originally Published in Law360 on March 13, 2013. Q: What is the most challenging case you have worked on and what made it challenging? A: One of the most challenging matters in which I am involved is the Miami...more

Public Works Employment Verification Act Impacts Certain Projects Awarded by State and Local Governments in 2013

Pennsylvania's General Assembly recently enacted the Public Works Employment Verification Act (the "Act" or "Verification Act") (43 P.S. §§ 167.1 et seq.), aimed at ensuring that contractors and subcontractors on public works...more

Change To Local Delaware Rule Governing Deadline For Filing And Service Of Motions

On February 1, 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware adopted a revised version of the Local Rules of Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure of the Court (the Local Rules). This Alert provides the...more

AB 1344 Addresses Employment Contracts, Open Meetings Notice, and Penalties for Misuse of Public Office

Assembly Bill 1344 (“AB 1344”), signed by the Governor on October 9, 2011, made several changes to laws involving local governance. The bill was introduced in response to the City of Bell controversy. The provisions of AB...more

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