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Municipal Lawyer



Volume 48, Number 1, January/February 2007



Published: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:09:51 EST

 



Deterring and Defeating the Sign Code Shakedown: Best Practices for Drafting a Constitutional Sign Ordinance

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:09:51 EST

Volume 48, Number 1, January/February 2007 p.6
The last year has featured an explosion in litigation over local government sign and billboard regulations, with the rulings proliferating as quickly as the billboards and signs themselves. To help local government lawyers make sense of this assortment of often contradictory rulings, three experts review the basic sign and billboard regulation concepts, examine critical recent cases, and offer essential practical guidance on key steps to take in drafting and defending a constitutional sign ordinance.



Developing a Response to Climate Change--The Resources Available to Municipalities

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:09:51 EST

Volume 48, Number 1, January/February 2007 p.14
Global warming. Climate change. The Kyoto Protocol. Many local governments seek to make a substantial difference in the long-term health of their community, and the Earth in general. This article outlines how to get started on the process of assessing what resources may be available and relevant to a local government to implement greenhouse gas reductions in the community; developing plans to take advantage of such resources; and providing incentives for local commercial and residential activities.



Local Governments and Immigration: A Case Study

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:09:51 EST

Volume 48, Number 1, January/February 2007 p.20
Controversial topics such as border fences, cheap illegal immigrant labor, and ordinances aimed at illegal aliens are making headlines across the U.S. and have brought Yuma, Arizona, into the national spotlight. Illegal immigration has become an issue for other municipalities, and this article reviews one city's experience and the broader national issues.