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Counties and Special Districts Prohibited from Enacting Substantially Similar Ordinance Subsequent to a Referendum Petition

California Appellate Court Addresses Prohibition in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance Referendum Opinion - In County of Kern v. T.C.E.F., Inc., et al., a California Court of Appeal determined that, upon receipt of a...more

Two Florida P3 Bills Signed into Law

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott signed two bills that further advance the state’s existing public-private partnership (P3) framework and provide additional guidance for implementing P3s. The two...more

Technology and the Future of Cities: Oklahoma City's Innovation District: The new knowledge hub

Civic and community leaders in Oklahoma City are developing an Innovation District. An Innovation District is a development based on the premise that economic growth, job creation, and innovation can be fostered through the...more

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Defining a “Political Subdivision” For Purposes of Determining Eligibility to Issue Tax-Exempt...

On February 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released proposed treasury regulations (the “Proposed Regulations” ) to provide guidance as to how the IRS intends to prospectively define a “political...more

Proposed Regulations Could Have a Substantial Effect on Special District Issuers, Especially Developer Districts

In an important development for special districts, including water districts, road districts, and other utility districts, on February 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed Treasury Regulations (the...more

New Laws of 2016: New Contract Procedures

This article leads off a three week e-News series focusing on new laws that will impact special districts in 2016. Senate Bill 239 (Hertzberg), which establishes new procedures for contract approvals, begins the...more

Proposition 218 Guide for Special Districts

In this Guide: - Taxes (Article XIII C) - Assessments, Fees and Charges (Article XIII D) - Assessments (Article XIII D, Sections 4 And 5) - Property-Related Fees and Charges (Article XIII D,...more

Innovation Districts

Last year representatives of a coalition of 11 organizations started meeting to discuss the continued development and expansion of Oklahoma City’s bioscience and technology sectors. Among other matters, the group discussed...more

New Law Clarifies that Business Improvement and Tourism Marketing District Assessments are Not Taxes Under Proposition 26

Local Government Bears the Burden of Proving that an Assessment is Not a Tax - Assembly Bill 483, signed as urgency legislation by the Governor on October 4 and effective immediately, clarifies provisions of California...more

Court Rules Voter Initiative Cannot Force Water District to Set Rates Below Level Mandated by State Statute - Water Districts Must...

In Mission Springs Water District v. Verjil, a California appellate court invalidated voter initiatives that had proposed to reduce a water district’s recently adopted rate increases and limit the amount the district could...more

Proposition 26 Guide for Special Districts

Kelly Salt, a Best Best & Krieger partner based in San Diego, authored this guide specifically geared toward helping special districts in California navigate the requirements of Proposition 26. Published by the California...more

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