Michigan voters will have the final say on approving a deal between Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature to overhaul the state’s tax structure to fund road improvements at a referendum election on May 5, 2015. The...more
As a long-time local government attorney, I have had the opportunity to study local government officials a lot. Over the years, I have sat on the dais or in the meeting room or in a conference room and examined the traits of...more
All are presumed to know about the recent activity around the legal issue -- not the human issue, the legal issue -- of same-sex marriage.
In Asheville, in response to the coming legal change, the City Council earlier...more
As wireless towers and other facilities continue to sprout at a rapid pace, regulations that balance your community’s needs and those of wireless providers must keep up. Local governments and their planners should watch two...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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