• Ground Zero: Preemption in Texas

    As we predicted in our blog post last November, 2015 has been one of the most challenging years in memory for grassroots public health and safety movements. The primary reason for this is an unprecedented national push for state preemption of local authority. Preemptive legislation has been introduced in over …

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  • Paid Sick Days Champions Expect More Wins in 2015

    The national movement for paid sick days started in 2003, when a small group of advocates for low-wage women wanted to build on the nation’s first paid family leave law, passed in California in 2002. But the group knew it also needed to promote protections for routine, short-term sicknesses for …

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  • Texas remains center of preemption debate, now over low-income housing

    Texas is the current “ground zero” for state preemption of local authority on issues including fracking, plastic bags, guns and smokefree ordinances. The latest development is state interference with a proposed local affordable housing ordinance in Dallas. The Texas Senate passed SB 267 in early April. It would restrict local …

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