CITY AUTHORITY TO ENACT ORDINANCES SIMILAR TO STATE CRIMINAL LAW

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May 14, 2019


Request: May a city enact ordinances similar or identical to state criminal laws?

Conclusion: A city may not enact ordinances similar or identical to a state criminal law unless given specific statutory authority to regulate that area. If given specific statutory authority to regulate that area, the city may only assign penalties that fall within the lower penalty ranges authorized by law for municipalities.

Opinion 2019-L-03

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