Local Affairs Law and Legal Definition

Local affairs refer to the domestic activities conducted by local administrative units. In the U.S. regulation, management and control of local affairs are delegated to cities. The constitutional authority of cities only extends to local affairs and does not cover matters of statewide concern.

Pursuant to Wis. Const. Art. XI, § 3], “the cities and villages of the state are empowered to determine their local affairs, subject to such enactments of the legislature of state-wide concern as shall with uniformity affect every city or every village.”

In Van Gilder v. Madison, 222 Wis. 58, 87 (Wis. 1936), the court held that the fixing of salaries of policemen is a local affair.