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  • UPDATE: New Preemption Map Issue: PLASTICS

    September 10, 2019

    Single-use plastics have created a major threat to the environment. As in the case of the other issues tracked in the Grassroots Change Preemption Map, much of the recent success in regulating or banning plastic bags and other “auxiliary containers” has come at the local level. In response, the plastics industry, …

  • UPDATE: State Firearm Preemption Laws

    August 6, 2019

    In the 1970s and 80s, the gun lobby faced the threat of an effective national movement to prevent gun violence. To stop that grassroots movement, the NRA borrowed a page from the tobacco industry’s playbook and promoted state preemption of local gun laws. They succeeded in 43 states, but in the handful of states that …

  • Combatting and Preventing Preemption: A Strategic Action Model

    July 25, 2019

    M, Zellers L, Sullivan PA; Pomeranz JL, Pertschuk M.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. March/April 2019;25:101–103. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000956. This 4-part model provides a framework for strategies that have been used effectively by public health advocates, most notably in the tobacco control arena, who have countered and even repealed state …

  • Soda Taxes: Building a National Movement (and Fighting Preemption) One Victory at a Time

    October 13, 2018

    It’s very easy to be cynical about politics. I can be cynical as well. But seeing policies being guided by a grassroots movement, with people who wanted to make this happen at all levels of power in the city, was inspiring. — Sara Soka, former Campaign Manager, Berkeley vs. Big Soda …

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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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Legislature opens session, home rule at risk

Anna Maria Island News, Chris Ann Allen, January 21, 2020- There appears to be a theme. The 2020 Legislature is hearing bills that could chip away at local regulatory power. “The legislative session started today and the big issue seems to be preemption of local government,” Holmes Beach city attorney …

Judge Bans Broward County From Enforcing Gun-Control Ordinances

Miami New Times, Alexi C. Cardona, January 16, 2020- Since 1987, Florida law has prohibited city and county governments from adopting their own gun laws or placing restrictions on firearms. The law gives the state carte blanche to occupy “the whole field” of firearm and ammunition regulation. The legislature gave …

Denver mayor signs plastic and paper bag fee into law

Waste Dive, Katie Pyzyk, January 6, 2020- The Denver City Council recently approved a bill setting a 10-cent fee on each “disposable” plastic and paper bag customers receive from retail stores. The city will receive 6 cents per bag sold to be used for administrative costs and waste reduction programs. Retailers will …

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