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 …

October 14, 2021

Ralph Nader Radio Hour On today’s program, we look at two ways that corporate lobbies and their political allies subvert democracy: “gerrymandering” and “preemption.” First, law professor Herman Schwartz breaks down the scourge of partisan gerrymandering. Then Mark Pertschuk, director of “Grassroots Change,” sheds light on how states and the …

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 …