Legislative & Trending Local Gov News (Fall 2015)

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Legislative & Trending News for Local Governments
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Fall 2015 Issue
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Trending Topics in Legislation
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Recently, there has been a legislative trend for states to override local ordinances regarding issues such as: plastic bags, fracking, microbeads, GMO food labeling, domestic violence, and minimum wage. But that hasn't kept municipalities from continuing to tackle other topics important to their communities, including:
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The Supreme Court's Impact on Local Government
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
of the United States
2015 has seen many significant decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court that affect local government practices. The current session of the Supreme Court looks to be similarly impactful at the local level. 

The following articles provide insight to past, current and future influences of Supreme Court decisions as they relate to local government:

Concerned your Code may be internally inconsistent or conflict with applicable state laws? An Editorial and Legal Analysis will provide practical recommendations on how to revise and improve your legislation to make it more reliable and enforceable. Email us at [email protected] to learn more!

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Social Media for Local Government
While there are many positives that come from using social media to communicate with your citizens, there can be times when things don't go as smoothly as we'd like. What do you do when unfavorable or downright offensive remarks are posted on your social media accounts? Have you thought about it? Do you have a plan in place?

Check out this article from RouteFifty that details a response decision tree that your social media staff can easily follow: "A Good Social Media Response Decision Tree for Local Governments (Or, Really Anyone)"

What to do about social media trolls?
How do you handle social media 'trolls'
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eCode360®: Submitting New Laws
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Submitting new laws for eCode360 is a snap!

Once legislation is passed, just email it to [email protected]. The new legislation will be posted to your eCode within 48 hours of receiving it and appear under the 'New Laws' tab.

When you approve supplementation of your Code (on a scheduled interval or upon request), your new legislation will be incorporated into your eCode and the 'New Laws' tab will be removed. A history will be added to the Disposition List noting the change(s).

Learn more about all the features available in your eCode! Attend one of our FREE informational and interactive webinars! View our schedule of upcoming webinars.

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Celebrating Our Clients
Look what our clients have been up to lately!

Simsbury, CT: Ranked 9th in Money Magazine's 'Best Places to Live.'

Rehoboth Beach, DE: City Clerk Ann Womack named Municipal Clerk of Year by the Delaware League of Local Governments.

Norton, MA: Town Clerk Danielle Sicard earned her Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation.

Eaton County, MI: Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Chris Anderson awarded the 2015 David M. Schieber MADD Lifesaver Award.

Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO: Awarded 2015 Missouri Municipal League's Innovation Award for its Youth Life Skills Recreation Program.

Blue Springs, MOAwarded 2015 Missouri Municipal League's Innovation Award for its Economic Development Program. Mayor Carson Ross honored by the MML with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

Pittsford, NY: Named to Family Circle's '10 Best Places to Raise a Family.'

West Chester, PA: Earned Sustainable Pennsylvania Bronze Certification.

Congratulations, all!


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