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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used effectively by public health advocates, most notably in the tobacco control arena, who have countered and even repealed state …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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Poll from anti-preemption group shows Floridians support local control

Florida Politics, Ryan Nicol, November 6, 2019- A new survey from the Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) finds a majority of registered Florida voters support local governments being given flexibility to pass local ordinances that go beyond protections under state law. LSSC opposes state preemption of local laws, making its …

Anna Eskamani, Michael Grieco push bill allowing local bans of single-use plastics

Florida Politics, Ryan Nicol, November 6, 2019- Democratic state Reps. Anna Eskamani and Michael Grieco are once again pushing a bill (HB 6043) that would allow local municipalities to ban single-use plastics such as plastic bags. Florida law currently blocks local governments from acting on the issue. “[N]o local government, local governmental agency, or …

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