Federal Issues

What will happen to ACA under a Trump presidency?
Now that Donald Trump is the president-elect, there are likely to be dramatic changes to the Affordable Care Act, but the nature of those changes is still unclear. The League's partner, Gallagher Benefit Services, has prepared a brief summary of some of the health care reform positions of Trump and the Republicans in Congress, as well as some of the political logistics involved with passing new health care legislation.

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.

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 recently to kick off the planning and preparation for a more modern and efficient census.

REAL ID Act non-compliance
The Department of Homeland Security announced 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.

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.

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.

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 from the National League of Cities website