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  1. Subscribe to the weekly Cities Bulletin
    Get a round-up of city news weekly during the legislative session (and bi-weekly during the interim). Sign up below for this free e-newsletter that arrives as an email with links to view the content online, and a link to a pdf file you can download and print.

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    Get the latest updates from the Capitol up to once a day (Tuesday-Friday) between issues of the Cities Bulletin e-newsletter. Subscribers will begin receiving Capitol Updates when the Legislature reconvenes in January 2015.


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The Cities Bulletin newsletter is published weekly during the legislative session and bi-weekly during the interim. It's your source for:

  • Summaries and analysis of legislation affecting cities.
  • Action alerts indicating when city advocacy is most needed.
  • The latest on League programs and services.
  • Conference and training opportunities from the League and other organizations.
  • Other timely information on issues and opportunities of interest to elected officials and city staff.

During the legislative session, the Cities Bulletin includes a section called “Capitol Updates.” Breaking legislative news is posted Tuesday-Friday in between regular issues of Cities Bulletin. You can subscribe to receive Capitol Updates via email up to once per day Tuesday-Friday when the Legislature is in session.

Note: Capitol Updates requires a separate subscription. Be sure you’re signed up for both Cities Bulletin and Capitol Updates, so you don’t miss a thing!


Most Popular Resources

  • Budget Guide for Cities (pdf)
    This guide, which contains 2014 legislative changes, is intended to assist city managers, clerks, finance officers, and elected city officials in preparing 2015 city budgets. It includes state and federal laws affecting city budgets, information about standard city expenditure items, descriptions of city revenues, and more.
  • Meetings of City Councils (pdf)
    Learn the ins and outs of city council meetings, including types of meetings, the Open Meeting Law, notice requirements, scheduling, attendance, minutes, procedure, motions, and model bylaws. Especially helpful for newly elected officials, but a great reference for all mayors and city councilmembers.
  • Public Purpose Expenditures (pdf)
    Find out the general criteria a public expenditure must meet to be valid. This publication includes discussion of specific expenditures and whether there is specific authority for cities to make them.