Supreme Court Decisions

Supreme Court issues rulings on opioid settlement, overturns Chevron doctrine

As the term nears its end, the high court has issued a flurry of decisions that will affect state and local governments.

It’s OK to ban homeless people from camping in public, high court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with states and cities, saying anti-camping laws are not “cruel and unusual punishment” and that the laws of Grants Pass, Oregon, did not punish people for being homeless.

Supreme Court narrows law for fighting state and local corruption

The high court’s conservatives ruled that a key anti-corruption law only applies to bribes and not to “gratuities” meant to reward officials for their service.

Why the fight over abortion pills isn’t over yet

The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge from anti-abortion groups attempting to restrict access to mifepristone, but conservative states are acting on their own to block access to the increasingly popular medicine.

After Supreme Court decision left wetlands unprotected, Colorado steps in

Lawmakers crafted new rules to protect and restore wetlands and streams left vulnerable following a decision by the high court that scaled back the types of places subject to the Clean Water Act.

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New fiscal year, new taxes

A slate of tax policy changes are set to take effect across 18 states. And just as the first day of July brings tax changes, the last day of June marks the end of another U.S. Supreme Court term. Here are the rulings that impacted states. Plus, more news to use in this week's State and Local Roundup.

The U.S. Supreme Court Could Upend Local Property Tax Laws

The justices heard a case last week on a Minnesota county's profit on a seized condo. A ruling could change property seizure programs nationwide.

How States Are Responding to the Supreme Court's Gun Ruling

New York and California are moving to keep firearms away from sites like playgrounds and bars and out of the hands of people who could commit mass shootings. And the gun control group Giffords is pushing a slate of ideas for new state and local policy.

USPS: It's Up to Mailers to Comply With State Laws on Abortion Pills

The Postal Service says it will not crack down on the mailings, while the Biden administration promises to use the mail to expand access to the pills.

Roe is Gone. States and Localities Must Protect Reproductive Rights

COMMENTARY | The 50-year era of Roe v. Wade has ended. We need a new movement in America to elect leaders who will restore the rights that have been ripped away.

Football Coach Had Right to Pray on School Field, Supreme Court Rules

The legal dispute emerged at a public school in Washington state. Some experts say the court's decision could have significant implications for the role of religion in the public sphere and signify a further blurring of lines between church and state.

Supreme Court Ruling Erodes State and Local Power Over Gun Laws

The decision in the New York case will make it more difficult to keep people from carrying firearms outside the home. It does allow governments to ban guns in ‘sensitive places,’ but further court battles are likely ahead to determine how that looks.

More States Shield Against Rogue Abortion Prosecutions

Experts predict more prosecutions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade as expected.

How Governments Can Boost Workplace Safety After Supreme Court Halts Vaccine Mandate

COMMENTARY | Although the court struck down the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccine-or-test mandate, there are ways states and localities can protect workers from the virus.

Supreme Court Will Consider if Fundamental Right to Keep a Gun at Home Applies to Carrying in Public

The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that you have a constitutional right to have a gun in your home. Now, the justices will consider how far outside of the home that right extends.

Supreme Court Leaves National Eviction Ban in Place

The 5-4 decision allows the moratorium to stay in effect through July 31.

Supreme Court Weighs Voting Rights in a Pivotal Arizona Case

COMMENTARY | But the court’s ruling will have national consequences.