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  • Preemption Watch News, April 8, 2021

    April 9, 2021

    FEATURED: FIREARMS & VOTING RIGHTS There is currently intense pressure behind preemption efforts as many state legislative sessions wind down. While there is some positive movement on the preemption repeal front, the vast majority of these stories concern state preemption threats. In this issue, we highlight two of the hottest …

  • PREEMPTION MAP UPDATE: Plastics Bags Join Firearms and Six Other Issues

    March 10, 2021

    Map of State Laws Preempting Local Plastic Bag & Other “Auxiliary Container” Bans Single-use plastics have created a major threat to the environment. In response, grassroots advocates have built a growing national movement to protect against plastic and other single-use container pollution. Much of their success has come at the local level. Predictably, …

  • The 2021 Preemption Landscape with Mark Pertschuk

    March 8, 2021

    WEBINAR: DMO Municipal Mondays Democratic Municipal Officials, February 8, 2021 Derek Green (Councilmember At-Large, Philadelphia, DMO President) Mark Pertschuk gives presentation on 2021 preemption landscape. Ian Baltutis (Mayor, Burlington, NC) Lauren Kuby (City Councilmember & Vice Chair, Tempe, AZ)  

  • How State Preemption is Crushing Local Democracy

    January 4, 2021

    VIDEO: Webinar, November 18, 2020 Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund & Oregon Community Rights Network Lindsey Schromen Wawrin (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) Mark Pertschuk (Grassroots Change & the Preemption Watch project) Tim Gibbons (Missouri Rural Crisis Center)  

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In the Words of Our Partners

“Shortly after… Denton, Texas pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing, we faced the preemption onslaught from the state. The team at Grassroots Change offered us key advice, resources, and social networking opportunities. They’ve helped educate and empower us. It’s great to know they have our back in this difficult battle.”

Adam Briggle, Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Frack Free Denton

“Grassroots Change has been a valuable partner… for our organization and network to support our movement, especially in countering preemption... We found the Preemption Map so successful in informing our network, that we republished it to our network leadership.”

Ellen Bravo, Director, Family Values @ Work

“Grassroots Change is THE authority on preemption and movement building. Their website is my go-to resource... My students love their materials!”

Shannon Frattaroli, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Preemption Watch

Preemption Watch can help you better understand and counter preemption. We provide tools, research, and case studies to help you develop informed strategies to further your goals. Our bi-weekly newsletter provides timely coverage of state and fedearl threats.

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Cupertino Considers Ban on E-Cigarettes, Vaping Products

NBC Bay Area, Staff, February 4, 2020- Another Bay Area city is pushing a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping products in an effort to curb teen use. Cupertino city leaders will hear public comments on the proposal at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. In November, the city outlawed the sale …

Vaping legislation advances in New Mexico

New Mexico Daily Lobo, Lissa Knudsen, February 3, 2020- New Mexico is one step closer to establishing a licensure process for e-cigarette and other tobacco product retailers and raising the age of purchase of all tobacco products to twenty-one. Senate Bill 131, the Tobacco Products Act, sponsored by Sen. Linda Lopez …

Environmental Groups Support Latest Bag Ban Bill

EcoRI News, Staff, January 30, 2020- PROVIDENCE — Dave McLaughlin of Clean Ocean Access put it best when he described the latest bill for a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags: “It’s like a test. You want a 98 but you’ll take a 91,” he said after a Jan. 29 …

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