WASHINGTON - At precisely 10 a.m. on Oct. 4, Supreme Court marshal Alfred Wong will bang a gavel and announce the nine robed justices as they enter the courtroom.

Wong will then chant: "Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the court is now sitting. God save the United States and this honorable court!" "Oyez," or "hear ye, " means pay attention - and municipal officials would do well to heed that advice as the court opens its 1993-94 session The upcoming term holds the potential to significantly reshape the relationship between the federal government and municipalities.

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