ERIC Number: ED201045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Awakening the Slumbering Giant: Intergovernmental Relations and Federal Grant Law. An Information Report.
Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Washington, DC.
Eight papers from a one-day conference for lawyers, judges, and policy-makers discuss the effects on intergovernmental relations of the emerging body of laws, regulations, and court decisions governing federal grants and their recipients. The expanding importance of federal grants, notes an introduction to the papers, has meant both less leeway for state and local governments to turn down grants and many more court cases involving federal versus state sovereignty. Accompanied by comments and discussion, the first paper examines the current body of federal grant law and its legal and constitutional implications. Three further papers analyze government and private litigation over two large federal programs, the Community Development and Law Enforcement Assistance Administration block grants. A fourth paper gives tips and guidelines to state and local governments for arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court. To exemplify the legal, political, and fiscal implications of federal grant law, a paper in the form of a play presents a hypothetical case involving a city government and regulations regarding the disabled. Two final papers summarize the impact of federal grant law, through the judiciary, on intergovernmental relations and traditional federalism. (RW)
Descriptors: Civil Rights Legislation, Community Development, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Court Role, Disabilities, Federal Aid, Federal Courts, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Grants, Legal Problems, Local Government, Public Health Legislation, Revenue Sharing, State Courts, State Government
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Community Development Block Grant Program; Intergovernmental Relations; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration; Massachusetts v Mellon; National League of Cities v Usery; North Carolina v Califano; Rehabilitation Act 1973; Supreme Court; Tenth Amendment
Note: A Report of and papers from ACIR's Conference on Federal Grant Law (Washington, DC, December 12, 1979).