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Northern Powerhouse Series: Cities and Government Devolution Bill 2015

In his speech to Leeds ONE on 11 September David Cameron pointed out that "It is … a proven reality that money spent closer to people is often money spent wiser – " City Deals, Growth Deals and the more recent devolution...more

SEC Announces Second Round of Charges Against Underwriters Under MCDC Initiative

On September 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 22 municipal bond underwriters, the second round of enforcement actions brought by the SEC under the Municipalities...more

UPDATE: Chicago City Council Approves Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance

Chicago’s City Council has approved an ordinance that makes key changes to the Zoning Ordinance’s transit-oriented development (TOD) provisions. In this alert, we update you on those changes, which occurred between its...more

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 45

Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 45 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide...more

Design Immunity of Public Entities: Sometimes Designs, Like Recipes, are Better Left Alone

April 23, 1985 will live in infamy. It was the day the Coca-Cola Company announced it was changing its “secret” recipe and introducing a new kind of Coke, referred to by the public as simply, “new Coke.”...more

Government Fraud and Corruption: Ex-Mayor and Engineer Convicted in Major Municipal Corruption Case in Quebec

On September 15, 2015, the Court of Québec rendered a judgment? in which it found a former mayor and a vice-president of an engineering firm guilty of several criminal offences relating to municipal corruption. These...more

New Haven Firefighters Sue Over Overtime Miscalculation

On September 1, 2015, a total of 174 current and former firefighters filed a lawsuit against the City of New Haven (the “City”) seeking, among other things, back pay, liquidated damages, interest and attorney’s fees. The...more

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms That Content-Based Sign Codes Violate The First Amendment

Now, more than ever, local municipalities should review their municipal sign laws to ensure that signs are not being regulated based on their message. This is in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that an...more

City Ordered to Refund $10.5 Million in Beach Parking Fees

On August 28, 2015, a California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's judgment against the City of San Clemente (City) ordering the City to refund approximately $10.5 million in unexpended development impact fees...more

PAC Opinion Finds Municipal Bank Account Numbers Subject to FOIA

Earlier this year, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued an under-the-radar advisory opinion that could have an impact on responses to Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to the non-binding...more

Disagreement Between State Senate and Assembly Stalls Paid Sick Leave Bill

On June 22, 2015, the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee approved S785, a bill that would provide mandatory paid sick leave to all New Jersey employees. The bill is similar to A2354, passed by the Assembly Budget Committee, in...more

Update on Local Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

In the recently decided matter of New Jersey Business and Industry Association, et al v. City of Trenton (L-467-15, April 16, 2015), the court held that Trenton’s paid sick leave ordinance applies only to employers based in...more

Missouri School Boards, Cities, and Counties: Consider Enacting Ordinance Providing for Secret Ballot Union Elections for Certain...

Article I, Section 29 of the Missouri Constitution gives employees “the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing.” For most public sector employees, Chapter 105 of the...more

Immediate Action Required by Cities to Begin Collecting Utility Users Tax

New Law Will Allow California Cities to Receive Tax Revenue on Prepaid Wireless Telephone Service - Prepaid wireless phone service is a booming business and, to date, cities have not been receiving their full measure...more

Possible Tax Refund for Kansas Residents

If you work in Kansas City, Missouri and live in Kansas, recent tax developments may give you a basis for a refund. Although Kansas provides residents a tax credit for taxes paid to the State of Missouri, it had not...more

Supplement — Curtin’s California Land Use

This Supplement is intended for use in conjunction with Curtin’s California Land Use & Planning Law, Thirty-Fourth Edition (2014), authored by Perkins Coie attorneys Cecily Talbert Barclay and Matthew S. Gray. In lieu of...more

Connecticut Enacts Health Care Legislation in June Special Session

On June 29 and 30, 2015, the Connecticut General Assembly conducted a special legislative session following the close of the 2015 regular session. Among other things, the General Assembly passed a bill to implement the state...more

Sixth Circuit Consolidates Cases, Sets New Briefing Schedule in Appeals Involving Municipal Broadband Laws

As expected, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has consolidated the two Petition for Review proceedings brought by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina seeking review of the FCC’s order striking down provisions of...more

“No Build” Condition On Shopping Center Property Is Compensable Regulatory Taking

The Court of Appeal has squarely held that a prohibition on development of a portion of a shopping center project site, in order to “bank” that property for possible future acquisition, was a temporary taking. (Jefferson...more

Flushing Out the Safe Harbor: “General Land Area Minimum” Offers Newton No 40B Shelter

Municipalities long unable to achieve ten percent affordable housing are now turning more frequently to a different Safe Harbor to block development of low and moderate income housing – compliance with the “General Land Area...more

Feinstein Introduces the California Emergency Drought Relief Act

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill last week to help address ongoing and future drought in California. The bill, known as the California Emergency Drought Relief Act (Act), is expected to be folded into broader...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Denies Bid to Return Water/Sewer "Impact Fees"

Impact fees are defined, generally, as a charge on new development to pay for the construction or expansion of off-site capital improvements that are necessitated by and/or benefit the new development. Impact fees have been...more

Three-Judge Panel Invalidates State's Efforts to Spay/Neuter Town's Planning and Development Regulation Powers

Today, a three judge panel of the North Carolina state court declared unconstitutional a State law that blocks a municipality -- one municipality -- from exercising its power to create an extraterritorial planning...more

IRS-State Information Sharing Agreements

The IRS published a list of Information Exchange agreements it has with state agencies, a copy of which is available here IRS State Information Exchange Table.pdf The disclosure of this list may help taxpayer's and...more

EPA’s Chesapeake Bay TMDL Survives Legal Challenge: Stricter Water Quality Regulation of Farms, Municipalities, Industry, and...

On July 6, 2015, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously rejected a challenge brought by agricultural and builder groups to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay...more

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