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Colorado Preemptions of Local Government: The Need for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment

June 29, 2016

The Huffington Post

June 28, 2016

by Michele Swenson

In Colorado as in other states, it has been observed that very often “Corporations write laws, legislators enact them, and the courts enforce them.”

Since the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) began writing state preemption laws to override local bans on tobacco in the 1970’s, the group has worked with every kind of industry to draft model state preemption laws to override local governments in the service of the corporate bottom line.

The trend has escalated, said Mark Pertschuk, director of the watchdog group Preemption Watch: “2015 saw more efforts to undermine local control on more issues than any year in history,” He noted “….just a few weeks into 2016 state legislative sessions [it became} clear that ending local authority will continue to be the go-to strategy for state legislators and their special interest allies, as a means of blocking earned sick days, minimum wage hikes, tobacco and fracking bans, pro-worker policies, or anti-discrimination laws.”

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