I participated in the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Congress of Cities and Exposition November 4-7 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Congress of Cities and Exposition is the culmination of NLC’s policy and governance work for the year. More than 4,400 local government leaders – both elected and staff – come together and learn from experts and each other. On Saturday, I presented on the panel entitled “State of the States: Looking at State Elections and Legislatures in 2016,” where I shared insight on last week’s local elections, the nationalization of local elections and priority legislative issues facing local governments.
Also on Saturday, the Annual Business Meeting took place, where the entire NLC membership, including the State Municipal Leagues, considered changes to NLC’s National Municipal Policy (NMP). The NMP is NLC’s comprehensive policy platform on federal issues directly affecting or of concern to cities and towns. It serves as the foundation for NLC’s federal advocacy efforts on behalf of the nation’s cities and town.
Highlights from resolutions adopted or renewed at the business meeting include:
- Renewing the resolution calling to resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws. The resolution states while NLC does not endorse the use of marijuana, NLC urges the federal government to consider a precise interpretation of the federal Controlled Substance Amendment to recognize and allow the medicinal and adult recreational use of marijuana in the states that allow it.
- Stating its continued local government support of E-Fairness and urging Congress to pass legislation such as the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (S.2609) and the Remote Transactions Parity Act (HR. 2775).
- Renewing its call on Congress and the Administration to develop a partnership with local governments and provide appropriate sufficient funding through the energy block grant structure or other funding structures at the U.S. Department of Energy to further incentivize clean energy at the local level.
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