Federal Issues

Q&A: Trump’s Executive Order on ‘Sanctuary Jurisdictions’
The order addresses immigration enforcement inside the United States and includes directives regarding “sanctuary jurisdictions.”

FCC Threatens to Limit Local Land Use Authority on Wireless Siting
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a public notice last month seeking comment on two topics that could shape the future of city control over their rights of way. The National League of Cities is asking cities to complete a brief survey to provide data as they craft a response to the FCC.

What will happen to ACA under a Trump presidency?
Now that Donald Trump is president, there are likely to be dramatic changes to the Affordable Care Act, but the nature of those changes is still unclear. The League's partner, Gallagher Benefit Services, has prepared a brief summary of some of the health care reform positions of Trump and the Republicans in Congress, as well as some of the political logistics involved with passing new health care legislation.

IRS Imposes Earlier Deadlines for Certain Forms
Employers face a new Jan. 31 due date for filing 2016 Forms W-2 and 1099-MISC with the Social Security Administration. Previously, these forms were due in February or March, depending on whether you filed electronically or manually.

Department of Justice Appeals FLSA Overtime Ruling
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an appeal to the recent federal district court decision that blocked the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule.

IRS Extends Deadline for Forms 1095-C and 1095-B
Instead of Jan. 31, 2017, the forms are now due March 2, 2017. The requirement applies only to employers covered by the Affordable Care Act, and the extension only covers tax year 2016.

Federal health care reform
Provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also referred to as ACA or “health care reform”) are taking effect over time. The League is providing updates as needed and also has many resources to help cities comply with the changes.

National League of Cities advocates on federal issues

While the League of Minnesota Cities focuses primarily on state legislative issues, we also advocate on federal issues directly and through our partner organization, the National League of Cities (NLC).

NLC is a key advocacy and information resource for elected city officials. NLC keeps members apprised of federal regulations, solutions to problems, and challenges for the future.

In 1924, the League of Minnesota Cities and other state municipal leagues formed NLC to have a voice for city issues in Washington, D.C. Today, NLC continues its advocacy role and includes a wide variety of learning and leadership development opportunities.

Elected officials from League of Minnesota Cities member cities can attend NLC conferences and leadership training seminars, serve on policy committees, and access NLC’s information resources. Your city can also become an NLC Direct Member City, allowing you to receive additional discounts and strengthen your level of participation in NLC.