Almost 12 years ago, I wrote a column for this journal recommending legislative reforms for the new Obama Administration and Congress. (“Reexamining Civil Rights Statutes As New Era of Change Takes Hold,” March 6, 2009).

We have good news and bad news. The bad news: None of those reforms became law, then or since. The good news? With the Biden Administration, we can try again, along with a few new reforms along the way. And should the federal government fail, New York state government can largely fill the void.

Make Municipalities Liable for Constitutional Violations

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