Federal Issues

Significant Changes to Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Coming
Cities of every size will likely have some additional overtime costs next year if proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal law governing overtime, are implemented as planned. Read more about federal overtime law

Moratorium on Internet access tax collections
The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 includes a permanent moratorium on the collection of Internet access taxes, but may also provide floor time for a discussion on the Marketplace Fairness Act later this year. Read more about the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act

2020 Census
Although the next decennial census is still four years away, representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau held a meeting at the state Capitol last week to kick off the planning and preparation for a more modern and efficient census. Read more about the 2020 Census planning

REAL ID Act non-compliance
The Department of Homeland Security announced last Friday that states have until at least 2018 to comply with new driver’s license and state ID standards. The League of Minnesota Cities supports state compliance with the federal REAL ID Act in the 2016 session. Read more

Congress passes transportation bill
Consider thanking Minnesota's congressional delegation for their bipartisan support of the first comprehensive federal transportation bill in nearly 10 years. Read more

Federal health care reform
Provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also referred to as ACA or “health care reform”) are taking effect over time. The League is providing updates as needed and also has many resources to help cities comply with the changes. Access news and resources

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down sign ordinance
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a municipal sign ordinance in Arizona was unconstitutional. What can Minnesota cities learn from this? Read more

New definition for 'waters of the United States'
The federal government has released its final version of changes to the definition of what qualifies as a “water of the United States.” The rule took effect on Aug. 28. Read more

National League of Cities advocates on federal issues

While the League of Minnesota Cities focuses primarily on state legislative issues, we also advocate on federal issues directly and through our partner organization, the National League of Cities (NLC).

NLC is a key advocacy and information resource for elected city officials. NLC keeps members apprised of federal regulations, solutions to problems, and challenges for the future.

In 1924, the League of Minnesota Cities and other state municipal leagues formed NLC to have a voice for city issues in Washington, D.C. Today, NLC continues its advocacy role and includes a wide variety of learning and leadership development opportunities.

Elected officials from League of Minnesota Cities member cities can attend NLC conferences and leadership training seminars, serve on policy committees, and access NLC’s information resources. Your city can also become an NLC Direct Member City, allowing you to receive additional discounts and strengthen your level of participation in NLC.

Learn more about the National League of Cities at www.nlc.org