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The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy

March 30, 2015

By Mary Bottari and Brendan Fischer
The Huffington Post
March 30, 2015

After the town of Denton, Texas passed a ballot initiative banning fracking in November 2014, the oil and gas industry reacted with outrage and swiftly filed suit. Politicians in the state capitol responded with a fusillade of bills to preempt local authority over public health and safety and to subject local ballot initiatives to pre-approval by the state attorney general. There was even a bill to end local home rule altogether.

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