Governance

At Lashly & Baer, we have prepared thousands of ordinances and resolutions for consideration by the governing bodies of municipalities, districts, authorities and agencies, including the Board of Aldermen for the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis County Council. In addition, we have prepared legislation adopted by the Missouri and Illinois General Assemblies.

Lashly & Baer has represented public agencies and private enterprises before local boards, commissions, and public officials. We’ve appeared for clients regarding development projects, proposed legislation as well as applicability or compliance with existing legislation.

We regularly handle the following legal issues for our clients:

  • Administrative Proceedings
  • Annexation
  • Appropriation and expenditure issues
  • Bond issue requirements
  • Budget and finance
  • Calling, conducting, and recording the proceedings in public meetings
  • campaign and campaign contributions law
  • Collective bargaining for school, fire, and public transportation employees
  • Community development
  • Condemnation and inverse condemnation
  • Conduct of telephonic meetings
  • Conflict of interest
  • Constitutional issues affecting the operations of public institutions, including search and seizure, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, equal protection under the law, freedom of association and due process, election and expenditure issues, fiduciary obligations, and the financing of public projects
  • County government law
  • Debt limitations
  • Delegation of authority
  • Development projects
  • Economic development
  • Eminent domain
  • Environmental contamination and remediation
  • Federal grants
  • Fiduciary obligations
  • Financial disclosure requirements
  • Financing of public operations and facilities
  • Governmental immunity
  • Governmental tort liability
  • Indemnification of public officials and of private parties by public agencies
  • Initiative and referendum
  • Internal bylaws and rules of order
  • Legislative practice
  • Lobbying regulations
  • Local government law
  • Maintenance and disclosure of public records (Sunshine Law)
  • Municipal corporation law
  • Open meetings (Sunshine Law)
  • Oversight of municipal operations
  • Proposed legislation, amendment, applicability, and compliance with existing legislation
  • Public employee relations
  • Public employee retirement and benefits
  • Public official liability
  • Public pension plans and retirement systems
  • Public transportation law
  • Resignation, appointment, and election of board members
  • Resolution ballots, notices of election, and ordinances
  • Resolutions, bylaws, and policies
  • Sale of governmental assets to other public agencies and to private parties
  • Sales taxes and exemptions
  • Sovereign immunity
  • State government law
  • Sunset provisions
  • Use of public monies
  • Uses for sales tax funds
  • Zoning and land use rights
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