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Cities Clash With State Governments Over Social and Environmental Policies

July 11, 2016

The Wall Street Journal, July 11, 2016

“Lawmakers used pre-emption sparingly until the 1980s and 1990s, when the tobacco industry and gun lobby used state pre-emption laws to block local restrictions on smoking and weapons, said Mark Pertschuk, director of Preemption Watch, an Oakland, Calif., watchdog group largely funded by the health-focused Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the upswing in pre-emption laws on tobacco in North Carolina and a half-dozen other states posed an obstacle to its public-health goals.”

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