Legal Issues Involving Local Governments. Covington, KY April 17, 2008. Addressing Public Rights Issues. A. Public Participation and Free Speech Issues B. Consumer Law and Neighborhood Revitalization C. Establishing Curfews for Minors D. Access to Private Information About Public Employees.
April 17, 2008
“Moralistic” political culture; highly cohesive
Very strong governor; weaker legislature; appointed judges
“Commonwealth pattern” constitution
Cities, strong towns, effectively no counties
Politically, but not legally, strong home rule
Large state; wilderness
“Individualistic” political culture; not cohesive
“Exceptionally” strong governor; strong legislature; appointed judges - retention election
“Managerial pattern” constitutional
Cities; organized and unorganized boroughs
City and county home ruleStyle: Connecticut vs. Alaska
CT: “[W]e cannot help but observe the irony of the supposition that responsible parental decisionmaking may be promoted by the government removing decisionmaking authority from responsible parents and exercising that authority itself.” 353 F.3d at 182.
AK : “The state has a wide range of power for limiting parental freedom and authority in things affecting the child’s welfare.” 91 P.3d at 269.Style reflected