Reform Home Rule To Protect Cities From State Interference

Law360 (March 12, 2020, 3:30 PM EDT) -- On a shelf in my office, I keep a long blue scarf with the words “home rule” on it, a gift from the Georgia Municipal Association, which had the scarves made for state legislative visits. It’s a great conversation starter, as only a law professor could hope.

What is home rule, puzzled visitors often ask? Turns out, I like to answer, it’s one of the most important, and overlooked, legal issues of our day. But perhaps not for much longer.

We are at a moment of great urgency for local democracy. Our cities drive the global economy,w ith the nation’s 10...

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