Cities and States Continue to Face Challenges with Rape Kit Backlogs

With untested rape kits sometimes numbering in the thousands, local crime labs are struggling to solve cold cases with little funding and tackle a slew of active cases that also require investigation.

A State Reconsiders Its Ban on Local Minimum Wage Laws

Cities and counties would be allowed to set a wage floor higher than the one authorized by Colorado if a bill passed by state legislators becomes law.

Baltimore Mayor Takes Health-Related Leave as Book Scandal Grows

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Cities' Affordable Housing Practices are Limited by State Government

New research from the National League of Cities illustrates the broad differences in housing policy from place to place.

Los Angeles Moves to California’s IT Infrastructure

“We can only succeed better as we do more collaboration among all the government entities,” said the state’s CTO.

How One State Struggles to Enforce Its Immigration Law

In Georgia, a state-created board is charged with monitoring whether cities are helping crack down on illegal immigration.

The Benefits of Being a Mayor Between Separate Stints as Governor

Something that paved the way for the success of Jerry Brown’s second tour as California governor: His eight years at Oakland City Hall.

Rent Control Is Making a Comeback. But Is That a Good Idea?

Cities are taking up rent control again, while the issue is also getting some traction in a handful of states.

Austin's Paid Sick-Leave Law Scrapped by Court

A three-judge panel found the city ordinance essentially regulated workers’ wages, which Texas law mandates can only be done by the state.

Eliminating Tech Tribalism in Government

Are public sector agencies ready take tech collaboration to the next level? Our survey says government officials want to, but don’t know where to start.

Most Big Cities Are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

The National League of Cities has seven recommendations for those looking to launch pilots.

In Shift, States Step in on Affordable Housing

More and more, states are getting involved in housing issues that used to be just local government affairs, including preempting their authority.

California Mayors Slam Increased Fee to Abandon Utilities as Corporate ‘Giveaway’

Switching to an environmentally friendly community choice energy program will cost customers a bit more every month.

Rent Control Gearing Up to Be One of California’s Biggest Ballot Measure Fights on Election Day

Proponents say it is necessary in an increasingly unaffordable housing market, but many local government officials say passing Prop 10 will pave the way for tenant rights groups to run roughshod over elected representatives.

As More Cities Push for Paid Sick Leave, States Push Back

A dozen states in the past three years have banned local governments from forcing private employers to provide paid sick leave benefits.

Will California Make It Harder for Police to Use Deadly Force?

A change in standards could be copied by other states, but has not yet gained enough traction in the state legislature.

Cities Release Their Own Broadband Model Code

While a federal committee struggles to reach consensus on a state broadband framework, the National League of Cities created its own, stressing local needs.

Report: Many Cities Are Not Equipped to Go It Alone in the Trump Era

Despite calls for local control, communities are only given a limited set of tools and are facing historic fiscal pressures. That could be a looming problem for many cities, according to a new report.

How California Is Improving Cyber Threat Information Sharing

The state wants to add every city and county government to its automated threat feed program in the next three to four years.

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