Tobacco industry involvement in children’s sugary drinks market
Nguyen Kim H, Glantz Stanton A, Palmer Casey N, Schmidt Laura A. Tobacco industry involvement in children’s sugary drinks market British Medical Journal 2019; 364 :l736
Tobacco conglomerates that used colors, flavors and marketing techniques to entice children as future smokers transferred these same strategies to sweetened beverages when they bought food and drinks companies starting in 1963, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. (Press release, UC San Francisco, 3/14/2019)
How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks
New York Times, 3/14/2019
Researchers combing through archives discovered that cigarette makers had applied their marketing wizardry to sweetened beverages and turned generations of children into loyal customers.
In Orange County, “local control” is code for inaction on syringe exchange
Opinion, Orange Country Register, 3/10/2019
[State Senator] Moorlach is using the cloak of local control to mask Orange County officials’ complete unwillingness to carry out their own harm reduction activities or work with the Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) to improve its operations. Local control would serve as a barrier to syringe exchange programs and not a promise to help reform and improve them.
Legislative opponents of drilling bill predict ruin if measure were to pass
The Daily Sentinel, 3/18/2019
That bill is only one of many Republicans call an overreach by Democrats, who control both chambers of the Colorado Legislature, the governor’s office and every other statewide elected office.
But the oil and gas reform measure, SB181, is particularly bad for Republican lawmakers. It allows local governments to set stricter regulations on drilling wells than the state, including greater setback rules, and shifts the main focus of the state agency that oversees the industry from one that fosters development to one more concerned with environmental impacts. [Emphasis added]
Industry groups, politicians seek to delay Colorado oil and gas bill
The Tribune, 3/4/2019
The bill would make a variety of changes to oil and gas law in Colorado, including the following…
- It would provide explicit local control on oil and gas development, opening the door for local government-instituted bans or moratoriums, which have previously been tied up in court battles because the industry has been considered one of state interest.
John C. Lamb: Oil and gas bill does not protect public health
Senate Bill 19-181 does not allow communities to ban fracking. SB-181 allows communities to direct the industry where to frack; but they will be fracked. SB-181 does not reduce oil and gas extraction, and, therefore, does not address the looming climate crisis. SB-181 does not eliminate forced pooling or state preemption of communities… Without allowing communities to ban fracking, people are just re-arranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic. [Emphasis added]
Senate Bill 181 clarifies local authority and fixes a broken regulatory system
The Daily Sentinel, 3/17/2019
Why Wayne Messam Wants to Go From Florida Mayor to POTUS
Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida, rarely shies away from confrontation. After the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in 2018, he and several other Florida mayors sought to enforce stronger local gun restrictions. But they were stalled by strict state preemption measures, which mandate that even proposing to ban gun use on city-owned property can get local officials fined and fired by the governor. Following the lead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who defended his city’s gun control restrictions in 2017, Messam and the other mayors advocating for municipal-level firearm measures sued the state. If successful, Miramar could declare public buildings, such as the city’s new 5,000-seat amphitheater, gun-free.
And now, as Messam continues the battle for more local control over gun regulations, he’s joining a growing group of Democratic mayors and former mayors who are running for the highest office in the country: POTUS. [Emphasis added]
New poll shows Floridians strongly support local control of short-term rentals
The pollster phrased the question in two different ways.
The first asked whether voters wanted one set of rules for all neighborhoods across Florida or if local communities should be able to set their own.
Faced with that question, seven in 10 voters said local rules should trump all. Another 21 percent said they preferred a statewide system while 9 percent were undecided.
The second asked voters point-blank whether the state government or their local city or county commission should determine set the rules.
Nearly three-quarters said they wanted their local elected’s in charge while just 12 percent of those polled said they wanted vacation rental directives to come from the state capital. Another 14 percent were undecided.
MARK LANE: New Legislative session starting so watch this space
Daytona Beach News-Journal, 3/5/2019
PREEMPTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: The previous speaker of the House, Rep. Richard Corcoran, was unique among modern House speakers for his open contempt for local government. Most small-government Republicans at least try to say nice things about the level of government closest to the people…
Whether the new speaker, Jose Oliva, shares his predecessor’s fondness for telling local governments what they can’t do remains to be seen. There are more than 30 local-preemption bills filed this session of the Legislature. Many forbid local governments from banning various kinds of disposables — bags, straws, disposable bottles and cups.
Like the bill from Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, that would fight for the right to keep plastic straws in restaurants and ultimately on the beach for at least five years.
One exceptionally broad preemption bill, HB 3, would take a wrecking ball to an amazing wide range of local ordinances, nullifying everything from anti-discrimination ordinances to Key West’s ban on sunscreens that harm coral reefs. [Emphasis added]
Editorial: Legislative preemptions old and new show why local control often best
Editorial Board, Naples Daily News, 3/20/2019
Florida legislators obviously consider themselves wise.
They’ve deemed themselves to know better than local governments how to regulate things ranging from vacation rentals to plastic bags.
But is it wise to assume that statewide rules issued from Tallahassee make sense for every locality?…
Florida Legislature’s latest preemption frenzy would sabotage plastic straw ban | Fred Grimm
Sun Sentinel, 3/8/2019
Sen. Travis Hutson hails from Elkton in the northwest reaches of Florida, four miles down Highway 207 from Spuds, nine miles south of Molasses Junction and a far piece from Fort Lauderdale, whether you measure the distance in miles or culture or politics. Yet, Sen. Hutson has no compunction about meddling in our local affairs.
Group pushing for local control over minimum wage launches campaign
Unleash Local, a coalition of more than 20 community, faith and labor organizations, is launching its campaign to amend a 1997 state law banning local governments from passing laws setting local standards for pay, family leave and other policies the coalition claims will help local governments recruit and retain workers.
Local control is again at the heart of State House conflict over raising teacher pay
Bangor Daily News, 3/18/2019
New Bill Wants to Stop Cities from Setting Their Own Wage, Benefit Rules
Twin Cities Business, 3/14/2019
Preemption was a more potent issue over the last four years, when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.
We need local control
Barbara Edwards, Daily Star Journal, 3/19/2019
For the record, I have testified at DNR [Missouri Department of Natural Resource] public hearings in two other counties of our state, as well as Water Commission meetings. Of those testifying, approximately 90 to 95 percent were local farmers who were in opposition to confined animal feeding operations in their immediate area — many citing real concerns about nearby water wells, stench, disease carrying ammonia into lakes and ponds, reduced air quality, increased flies, loss of property values, etc….
I want local control. I don’t want our health ordinances turned over to the bureaucracy of the state.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Corporate control drives Missouri farmers out of business
However, we at the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and Patchwork Family Farms not only like bacon, we market hundreds of thousands of pounds of family farm pork every year. Our members are farmers and rural citizens who support agriculture every day. And we oppose Senate Bill 391.
So here are some facts:
Corporate agribusiness and their lobbyists are attempting to take away local control and our rights. Why? They would rather have decisions being made where their money and lobbyists have the biggest impact, at the state and federal levels of government. But family farmers, county commissioners and rural citizens are standing up to these attacks and fighting to protect local control. [Emphasis added]
Today, Assembly Bill 291 was introduced by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui (D-41). This omnibus anti-gun legislation is a threat to both gun owners residing in Nevada and those who are visiting.
Most notably, this legislation:
Repeals Firearms Preemption Laws: State preemption prevents local governments from enacting their own gun control ordinances and creating a confusing patchwork of laws. Without preemption, a person could face various laws and regulations when traveling throughout the State. [Emphasis added]
Bill proposed to end state takeovers of schools in Ohio
The bipartisan legislation would restore local control to school districts
State bill aims to block cities from regulating plastic bags
The Norman Transcript, 3/10/2019
‘We’re going to do this or we’re not’: North Myrtle Beach gets serious on plastic bags
North Myrtle Beach lawmakers announced on Monday plans to move forward with legislation that would eliminate single-use plastic bags in businesses throughout the city and encourage the use of reusable shopping bags.
SALT LAKE CITY — The traditional state vs. local control power struggle manifested again in several ways on Capitol Hill this year, from the ongoing fight over the Utah Inland Port Authority to gravel pits and plastic bags.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s fight over the port authority is moving to the courts and is its own animal, spilling over from last year’s session. But as for other issues, when the 2019 session started, several bills quickly caught the nervous eye of local officials, wary of state encroachment into local powers…
Then there was a new effort to block cities like Park City from banning plastic bags — but the bill stalled in the House after it was literally shouted down on the House floor by two voice votes — a moment that left lawmakers, even sponsor Rep. Mike McKell, laughing.
Supreme Court gets first arguments in UW gun case
Laramie Boomerang, 3/20/2019
Wyoming Statute 6-8-401 prohibits gun regulations by any “city, town, county, political subdivision or any other entity.”
That pre-emption of gun regulations by the state under Section 401 has existed since 1995. In 2010, gun advocates in the Legislature attempted to update the statute to add even more restrictions on gun regulations. However, they did so using the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act, a law largely intended to skirt federal regulation of Wyoming-made guns.
Governor lets private schools avoid local zoning control
Gov. Mark Gordon today allowed a bill stripping county authority over private school zoning to become law without his signature saying in a written statement he found the measure “flawed.”
The decision allows the Jackson Hole Classical Academy to build its campus south of Jackson as planned on land zoned for rural development. The academy seeks to construct buildings larger than the county’s 10,000 square-foot limit in that zone.
The law now exempts private schools from Teton County’s zoning rules as well as those of Wyoming’s other 22 counties.
Gov. Mark Gordon allows controversial Wyoming private school bill to become law without his signature
Casper Star-Tribune, 3/15/2019
During the recently completed legislative session, the bill exposed a division among lawmakers: namely whether or not local control, which legislators often tout, should take a back seat to limiting how local governments regulate land use.