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, …

August 6, 2019

In the 1970s and 80s, the gun lobby faced the threat of an effective national movement to prevent gun violence. To stop that grassroots movement, the NRA borrowed a page from the tobacco industry’s playbook and promoted state preemption of local gun laws. They succeeded in 43 states, but in the handful of states that …

July 25, 2019

M, Zellers L, Sullivan PA; Pomeranz JL, Pertschuk M.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. March/April 2019;25:101–103. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000956. This 4-part model provides a framework for strategies that have been used effectively by public health advocates, most notably in the tobacco control arena, who have countered and even repealed state …

October 13, 2018

It’s very easy to be cynical about politics. I can be cynical as well. But seeing policies being guided by a grassroots movement, with people who wanted to make this happen at all levels of power in the city, was inspiring. — Sara Soka, former Campaign Manager, Berkeley vs. Big Soda …

April 3, 2020

Arizona   Colorado   Florida   Georgia   Illinois   Iowa   Maryland   Michigan   Mississippi   Missouri   New Mexico   North Dakota   Ohio   South Dakota   Texas   Virginia   Washington   Wisconsin   National Who’s in Charge? Making Sense of Government Orders in the COVID-19 Response JDSupra.com, 3/27/2020 First, questions of preemption typically arise only when there is a conflict in …

February 7, 2020

California   Colorado   Florida   Georgia   Kansas   Michigan   Minnesota   North Dakota   Ohio   Pennsylvania   Rhode Island   South Dakota   Texas   Washington National Opinion Let’s fight preemption of local control Luke Fuszard, Tribune News Service, 1/15/2020 Four years ago, the residents of Denton, Texas, took extraordinary action. In a state known for its ties to …