Supreme Court Strikes Down Clean Power Plan
In West Virginia v. EPA the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacked the statutory authority to issue the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
Per the Clean Air Act, for new and existing power plants the EPA may develop air-pollution standards that reflect “the best system of emission reduction” (BSER). Before the CPP when EPA regulated under this provision of the Clean Air Act it required existing power plants to make technological changes—like adding a scrubber—to reduce pollution.
NEWS 8 ANNOUNCES SERIES OF DEBATES AHEAD OF NOVEMBER ELECTION
NEW HAVEN, CT (July 1, 2022) – News 8, the Nexstar Media Inc. television station serving Connecticut, announced today it will air a series of candidate debates ahead of November’s general election. The first debate will feature the Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate, and the series will culminate with the final debate between Gubernatorial candidates Ned Lamont (D) and Bob Stefanowski (R) on Oct. 25, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Casino.
State and Local Legal Center Listserv: SCOTUS Rules Biden Administration May End Migrant Protection Protocols
In Biden v. Texas the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that the Biden administration may end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
MPP was a Trump administration program which provided for the return to Mexico of non-Mexicans who were detained attempting to enter the United States at the United States-Mexico border. On Inauguration Day President Biden announced he would suspend the program the next day, and he ultimately sought to terminate it.
State and Local Legal Center Listserv: SCOTUS Rules in Favor of States in Indian Country Criminal Prosecution Case
In Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that states (along with the federal government) may prosecute crimes committed by non-Indians against Indians in Indian country.
Sharkey: Time For State Government To Think Big
If Brendan Sharkey has a say, then the state government will be going bigger for towns and cities over the coming years.
The former speaker of the State House of Representatives from Hamden made that pitch on the “Municipal Voice”, a co-production of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and WNHH 103.5 FM. He came on the program to discuss the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, or ACIR for short, and the role he’d like them to play as chair. He was recently appointed to that chair position by Gov. Ned Lamont.
State and Local Legal Center Listserv: Public School Football Coach Wins Prayer SCOTUS Case
In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that the First Amendment protects an assistant football coach who "knelt at midfield after games to offer a quiet prayer of thanks." The Supreme Court also overruled Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971). The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief in this case supporting the district.
State and Local Legal Center Listserv: SCOTUS Strikes Down “Proper Cause” Requirement to Carry a Gun in Public
In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that states and local governments may not require "proper cause" to obtain a license to carry a handgun outside the home.
CCM releases first-ever guidebook to help town and city leaders better respond to racial tension in communities
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today released CCM’s first-ever checklist guidebook designed to help municipal leaders across the state better respond to racial tension in their community.
The booklet is designed to present Connecticut municipal leaders with guidance recommended by U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service and the National League of Cities
How An Unaffiliated Mayor Sidesteps Partisan Warfare
If representative democracy is the goal, then it’s the people who count.
That’s how Wolcott Mayor Thomas Dunn feels. He came on the “Municipal Voice,” a co-production of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and WNHH 103.5 FM, to talk about his time as mayor, being a rare successful independent in this state, and why he thinks that will be more common in the future.
Community Alliance Confronts Local Wealth Gaps
Talk about poverty, and you sometimes have to use the language of war. Many people are seen as casualties in the war against it. Fortunately, there are also alliances that can be forged in this fight.
The Alliance for Community Empowerment is one such organization that has worked on the frontlines of the War on Poverty since the 1960s. Executive Director Dr. Monette Ferguson joined the “Municipal Voice,” a co-production of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and WNHH FM, to talk about economic disparity.