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State, local, and municipal law

State, Local, and Municipal Law Overview

States, counties, cities, and other government bodies create laws governing activities within their boundaries. States make laws governing issues such as banking, insurance, agriculture, taxes, and business licensing. States and smaller local governments may establish their own courts, police, prosecutors, and prisons to carry out law enforcement.

Local laws may cover a wide range of issues, from whether you can drive while using a cell phone, to whether gaming (gambling) establishments are allowed. State and local laws may be created, changed, or repealed by state or local legislatures, by state or local agencies, or by being put to a popular vote through a ballot measure.

Definition of Municipal Law

Municipal Law is the law specific to a particular city or county (known legally as a "municipality"), and the government bodies within those cities or counties. This can cover a wide range of issues, including everything from police power, zoning, education policies, and property taxes.

Terms to Know

·         Bylaws: A set of rules by which a municipality conducts its business. Bylaws tend to govern activities such as meetings, votes, record taking, and budgeting.

·         Land Use: Otherwise known as zoning, land use laws govern the purposes for which land may be used.

·         Municipal Charter: A municipality's founding document.

·         Municipal Corporation: The legal structure assigned to a municipality which allows it to buy and sell property, and sue or be sued.

·         Police Power: The legal term for the ability to use police to regulate the behavior of a municipality's residents.

·         Ordinance: The technical term for the "law" issued by a municipality.

Practice Area Notes

Most attorneys who handle municipal law cases are hired by the municipalities themselves. The attorneys may even work as corporate counsel for the cities, which means that the attorney works for that particular city exclusively.

Local city or town councils are primarily responsible for creating municipal law. Since council members are elected from the town's residents, local residents have great control over municipal law, which can vary greatly between municipalities. If you believe you have a municipal law issue, be sure to consult an attorney familiar with the ordinances in your area.

Related Practice Areas

·         Land Use Laws: Municipalities are largely responsible to setting land use policy.

·         Real Estate: Property taxes and zoning issues, which affect real estate cases, are set by municipalities.

·         Small Business: Many municipalities require small businesses to file local business licenses, and zoning laws can affect where and how small businesses operate.

·         Taxes: Property taxes are usually set by a municipal taxing authority, and the city council often decides what the municipality uses those taxes for.

·         Education Law: The local board of education is responsible for setting a large portion of education policy.

·         Civil Rights: Local police, who must abide by federal civil rights laws, are employed by municipalities. The municipalities typically pay any damages resulting from civil rights abuses at the hands of police.

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Ron S. Bilu
Ron S. Bilu
33

2760 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 330695727

Bar #632651(FL)     License for 2003 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Bankruptcy and debt | Business | Class action | Commercial real estate | Contracts and agreements | Copyright application | Corporate and incorporation | Debt settlement | Estate planning | Foreclosure | Immigration | Insurance | Litigation | Mediation | Partnership | Personal injury | Power of attorney | Real estate | Residential real estate | State | local | and municipal law
Charles Douglas Vitunac
Charles Douglas Vitunac
12

Po Box 643686, Vero Beach, FL 329643686

Bar #28598(FL)     License for 2006 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Foreclosure | Landlord or tenant | Land use and zoning | Real estate | State | local | and municipal law
Brenda B. Ezell
Brenda B. Ezell
10

3560 Cardinal Point Drive, Suite 202, Jacksonville, FL 32257

Bar #369550(FL)     License for 2000 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Business | Commercial real estate | Land use and zoning | Probate | Real estate | State | local | and municipal law
Daniel William Langley
Daniel William Langley
6

1947 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL 32789-1834

Bar #637610(FL)     License for 2003 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Land use and zoning | Real estate | State | local | and municipal law
Robert Hugo Berntsson
Robert Hugo Berntsson
6

18401 Murdock Circle Suite C, Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Bar #804400(FL)     License for 1989 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Government contracts | Land use and zoning | State | local | and municipal law
Kevin McKinley Stone
Kevin McKinley Stone
5

4850 N Highway 19A, Mount Dora, FL 32757-2008

Bar #28516(FL)     License for 2006 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Commercial real estate | Litigation | State | local | and municipal law
Gerald Thomas Buhr
Gerald Thomas Buhr
4

1519 Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 100, Lutz, FL 335483033

Bar #897434(FL)     License for 1991 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Government | Mediation | State | local | and municipal law
Hayward Dykes, Jr.
Hayward Dykes, Jr.
4

35008 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Ste. 500, Destin, FL 32541

Bar #560162(FL)     License for 2002 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Business | Criminal defense | Lawsuits and disputes | Personal injury | Real estate | State | local | and municipal law
Steven Diebenow
Steven Diebenow
3

1 Independent Drive, Ste. 1200, Jacksonville, FL 322025014

Bar #47090(FL)     License for 1995 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Government contracts | Government | Land use and zoning | Real estate | State | local | and municipal law
Albert Charles Galloway, Jr.
Albert Charles Galloway, Jr.
2

202 East Stuart Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33859-3339

Bar #475602(FL)     License for 1985 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Litigation | Real estate | State | local | and municipal law
Gordon Brian Linn
Gordon Brian Linn
2

100 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 

Bar #276898(FL)     License for 1979 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: State | local | and municipal law
Gordon Brian Linn
Gordon Brian Linn
2

100 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33061

Bar #276898(FL)     License for 1979 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: State | local | and municipal law

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