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Kentucky Supreme Court Validates Franchise Fees in Telecommunications Tax Case

Kentucky Supreme Court Validates Franchise Fees in Telecommunications Tax CaseThe Kentucky Supreme Court rules Kentucky's telecommunications tax, to the extent that it prohibits cities from charging franchise fees to telecommunications companies for using city rights of ways, is unconstitutional.


2017 KLC Awards! - Applications Due June 30!

2017 KLC Awards! - Applications Due June 30! City Official of the Year, City Employee of the Year and Enterprise Cities Awards. The only program in Kentucky dedicated to recognizing the contributions of cities, city employees and city officials.


ATTENTION CLERKS! Register for KMCI and KMMCA events!

ATTENTION CLERKS! Register for KMCI and KMMCA events!  Kentucky Municipal Clerks Institute,July 17-21 in Lexington. KMMCA, August 16-18 in Berea.


KLC Conference & Expo - October 3-6 in Covington

KLC Conference & Expo - October 3-6 in Covington Plan to attend the KLC Conference & Expo - Kentucky's largest training event dedicated to serving city officials and employees.


HB 55 Planning & Zoning, July 26 in Lexington

HB 55 Planning & Zoning, July 26 in Lexington This session educates zoning administrators, planning commissioners, board of appeals members and legislative bodies on the intricacies of the proper way to conduct zoning procedures in your community.


Announcing the 2018 All-America City Award - Application Information Now Available.

Announcing the 2018 All-America City Award - Application Information Now Available.Apply for the All-America City Award. Letters of intent to apply are due in October 2017.


Summary of AG opinions, Open Records, and Open Meetings 2017 First Quarter Decisions

The KLC Legal Team has compiled summaries of all of the Kentucky Attorney General Opinions, including Open Records and Open Meetings, for the first quarter of the year.


KLC Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Important KY Supreme Court Case on Open Meetings

KLC recently filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a case before the Kentucky Supreme Court which will examine what a city is allowed to do during a closed session to discuss future acquisition of real property.


6th Circuit Upholds Local Right-To-Work Ordinance

On November 18, 2016, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that had invalidated a county right-to-work ordinance.  The Hardin County ordinance, like many others enacted in Kentucky, prohibits employers from requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment.


Important Information from the Kentucky Retirement Systems for Cities Regarding the Reemployment of Retired Police Officers

The Kentucky Retirement Systems has released information on the restrictions, qualifications and the required KRS forms for cities that hire or currently have hired retired sworn police officers or state troopers.


Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona Sample Ordinance Now Available

Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona Sample Ordinance Now Available A sample ordinance incorporating the new standard of municipal sign regulation set forth in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona (135 S.Ct 2218) is now available. The sample ordinance can be downloaded and customized for your city.


District Court Strikes Down Local Right-To-Work- Update from KLC Member Legal Services

On February 3, 2016, the federal court for the Western District of Kentucky held that the only way for Kentucky to be a right-to-work state is through legislation passed at the state rather than local level.


Maximum Pay, COLA Set by DLG

The Department for Local Government (DLG) recently issued the cost of living adjustment (COLA) to set the increase in maximum mayor and legislative body member pay for 2016.


Important Update on DUI Checkpoints ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court

The Kentucky Supreme Court has recently clarified the constitutional requirements for DUI checkpoints. KLC Legal Staff has summarized the Commonwealth v. Cox case and the four factors that law enforcement must be aware of in setting up DUI checkpoints.


FAA FINAL DRONE RULES ANNOUNCED

KLC has been closely monitoring the developments of drone-use regulation nationwide and would like to share a recent development with our members.


Important Update from KLC Member Legal Services. The U.S. Supreme Court has totally changed the review of city sign ordinances.

This case was just handed down on June 18 and the KLC legal team is working to craft examples that would meet the new strict scrutiny standards. With questions, call KLC Member Legal Services at 800-876-4552.


KLC and Cities Win Telecommunications Tax Lawsuit in the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

On Friday, November 7, the Kentucky Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the long-running legal battle over local franchise fees and public service company property taxes on cable and telephone companies.


KLC Legal Advocacy Program Update - Major Victory for City Annexations

On March 20, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lebanon v. Goodwin regarding annexation. In a 6-1 decision, the Court upheld the annexation and provided vital guidance that supports the growth of Kentucky cities.