August 22, 2016

The American Prospect, August 22, 2016 by Abby Rapoport When Denton, Texas, passed a fracking ban in November 2014, it was national news. The story seemed out of a movie, a David-and-Goliath tale in which a scrappy band of citizens goes up against big industry and wins… Sure enough, despite widespread local …

May 2, 2016

Lawrence Journal-World April 30, 2016 by Peter Hancock The Kansas House passed a bill Saturday that takes away the authority of local governments to enact a host of laws or programs that many Republicans consider interference with free market economics. Senate Bill 366 is a conference committee bill that includes provisions of …

September 30, 2015

NC Policy Watch September 29, 2015 by Allan Freyer As we reported earlier this morning, the General Assembly is on the cusp of dramatically scaling back the authority of local governments to protect housing consumers and promote better wages, after a late night conference committee added pages of new—and highly controversial—local …

May 20, 2015

By Mohana Kute Texas is the current “ground zero” for state preemption of local authority on issues including fracking, plastic bags, guns and smokefree ordinances. The latest development is state interference with a proposed local affordable housing ordinance in Dallas. The Texas Senate passed SB 267 in early April. It …