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The 10 Most (and Least) Corrupt States in America

Corruption of state governments costs American taxpayers billions of dollars each year, according to a new study by researchers at Indiana University and City University of Hong Kong that reports on the risk of corruption and...more

Kennebec County v. Maine Public Employees Retirement System: An Important Ruling for Maine’s Governmental Employers

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court (Law Court) recently handed down an important ruling limiting the administrative authority of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MPERS). In Kennebec County v. Maine Public...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 14: Discrimination Laws Apply To State And...

Title VII, as enacted in 1964, had a rather large coverage gap: millions of American workers employed by State and local governments were not covered. Why? The principal reason was State sovereignty, and the notion that...more

FERC Reverses Course on State Laws in Transmission Planning

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission” or “FERC”) granted partial rehearing in three separate orders last week involving Order No. 1000 compliance filings. Most notably, the Commission reversed course on a...more

FERC Grants Rehearing on State Law Issues in Order No. 1000 Filings

In a trio of orders, FERC softened its approach to considering the effects of state law rights of first refusal in Order No. 1000 regional transmission planning, suggesting a move toward deference to state legal limitations...more

Arizona’s Notice Of Claim Statute – Jumping Through Hoops When Suing State Government Or Its Agencies Or Political Subdivisions

For 20 years, the State of Arizona, its agencies and political subdivisions have held a secret weapon to thwart claims made against them for everything from breach of employment contracts to gross negligence in providing...more

Appellate Court Public Records Act Decision Leaves Questions Unanswered

When the decision in City of San Jose v. Superior Court was announced, many public agency employees and officials were relieved to read that the Court of Appeal agreed with the city: communications on public officials’...more

Marijuana Dispensaries Should Be Put On Main Street

Medical marijuana is now legal in Connecticut, though still not legal under federal law. Control over the industry is in the hands of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), which has chosen four companies to operate...more

Federal Ruling Keeps Ohio’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage In Play For Now

State and federal courts have ping-ponged the issue of state same-sex marriage bans in recent months. As an Ohio appeals attorney can explain, Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage will stay in effect at least for the time being....more

Fiduciary Duty for Broker-Dealers and Agents

Could the states impose fiduciary duty on their own? For more years than I care to remember, consumer groups, state securities regulators and investment advisers large and small have warned of the confusion wrought on...more

Negligent Operation Of A Storm Sewer: A New Theory Of Climate Change Liability

We have written many times about the flawed design of the nation's flood maps in an era of climate change. And spoken about the potential for claims against professionals for failure to consider the effects of climate change...more

Public Officials, Financial Disclosure And A New Era Of Liability

The Securities and Exchange Commission is making it clear: Government leaders who issue misleading financial information are putting themselves at risk. Several recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission...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

FCC Requests Comment on Wireless Broadband Rules That Could Limit Local Government Authority - February Deadline Set for Public...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today formally released and requested comment on proposed rules to accelerate the expansion of wireless broadband services nationwide, which could limit local governments’ zoning...more

Sea Level Rise Guidance For Agencies, Cities

In 2008, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order calling for the development of a statewide strategy and ordered state agencies to plan for sea level rise impacts. And Oct. 14, following Gov. Jerry Brown's...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - November 2013

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of recent legislation around the U.S....more

First Circuit: Does a Local Government Have Authority To Regulate Foreclosures?

Many cities have struggled with the effects of foreclosures. But given the complex mix of state laws that often governs the issue, how much authority do local governments have in this area? A First Circuit case,...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: The (stock) show must go on: Oklahoma Youth Expo secures court win

For nearly a century, Oklahoma City has hosted a junior livestock show each spring where youth from across the state display the best farm animals their generation has to offer in hopes of winning college scholarships and...more

Public Private Partnerships: From Economic Development to Local-Serving Infrastructure Procurement

In This Presentation: Public Private Partnership Opportunities: - Public Assistance into Private Projects • Economic Development/Redevelopment • Land Use/Zoning • Real Estate Assets/Long Range Property...more

“Pay First, Litigate Later” Doctrine Applies to Local Governments: Taxpayers Required to Pay Local Assessments Until Resolution of...

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (“District”) protects groundwater quality in Los Angeles County groundwater basins from overuse and saltwater intrusion. The District finances its efforts through an...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law October 31, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion)...more

Ethics Laws and the Importance of Transparency for Public Officials [Video]

Matthew "Mal" Richardson, who serves as city attorney of Stanton and assistant city attorney of Lake Forest, talks about the Brown Act, ethics training for public officials and other important laws and regulations that ensure...more

Working Group Holds Congressional Forum On ESA Reform, Despite Absence Of Environmental Groups

On October 10, 2013, the Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group (Working Group) held a forum entitled “Reviewing 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act and Seeking Improvement for People and Species.” The forum...more

FCC Proposes New Rules On Local Wireless Siting (Webinar Presentation and Recording)

In This Presenation: The Federal Communications Commission is considering adopting rules that could limit local governments’ zoning authority and allow wireless-service providers to add facilities to existing...more

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