Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Supreme Court decided a number of important cases against local governments in its last term. The most notable of these was Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, which held that strict scrutiny applies to content-based sign ordinances. The October 2015 term will also be one to watch, not just because the Court has accepted numerous cases on controversial topics affecting local governments, but also because many of the court’s decisions this term are likely to be discussed by the 2016 presidential candidates up. The State and Local Legal Center, which files Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs on behalf of national organizations representing state and local governments, provides a preview of the most significant cases for the local governments that the court has agreed to decide so far.