“Local governments are on the frontlines in the fight to protect public health and safety and set modern workplace standards. But as more communities try to enact local health, wage and workplace reforms, they are being blocked by state ‘preemption’ laws that strip local governments of their law-making authority. That happens when state legislators interfere in the democratic process and stop the people of a local community from passing their own laws.”
– Rockefeller Family Fund, Protecting Local Control: A Research & Messaging Toolkit
Esteemed public health organizations and leaders, including the Institute of Medicine and Jill Birnbaum of the American Heart Association, talk about the detrimental impacts of preemption.
Read what they have to say here.
The use of preemption in state legislatures has long been a favored strategy of powerful lobbies including the tobacco and beverage industries. As in the case of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, opponents of civil rights are now using preemption to undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances. Texas and Arkansas, among others, are considering measures similar to the law recently passed in Indiana.
Read Michael G. Bare’s blog post about the connection between preemption, public health and civil rights here.