March 7, 2022

Arkansas   Florida   Georgia   Iowa   Kentucky   Massachusetts   Minnesota   Missouri   New Hampshire  Pennsylvania   Tennessee   Utah   Virginia   Washington   West Virginia National – Firearms Congress Can’t Bring Sanity to Gun Laws. Here’s Who Can. The Daily Beast, 2/4/2022 [L]ocal governments could provide the national blueprint for meaningful gun reform… In January, San Jose’s city council …

January 7, 2022

Firearms L.A. City Council votes to ban ‘ghost guns’ Los Angeles Times, 11/30/2021 Note: The passage of Los Angeles’ ghost gun ordinance is one of many examples of the critical importance of local leadership for the entire array of public health and safety issues. Under preemption, the innovation, leadership, and …

December 7, 2021

Although each state has its own legislative schedule and idiosyncrasies, preemption does have its seasons. Four states (Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Texas) meet only in odd numbered years, and the remainder annually. In addition to a regular session with a planned beginning and end, the governor and/or legislature have …

September 10, 2019

Single-use plastics have created a major threat to the environment. As in the case of the other issues tracked in the Grassroots Change Preemption Map, much of the recent success in regulating or banning plastic bags and other “auxiliary containers” has come at the local level. In response, the plastics industry, …

October 24, 2017

For this two-part series, Grassroots Change interviewed Beth Waitkus, Founder and Executive Director of the Insight Garden Program, which works to transform prisoners’ lives through a connection to nature and hands-on gardening programs in prisons. During the past 15 years, the Insight Garden Program has expanded across California, to two …