November 17, 2015

In November 2014, we posted our state preemption predictions for the 2015 legislative sessions. We based our predictions on the history of state preemption strategy and on trends in preemption legislation filed or adopted in 2014 and earlier. We also considered past experience with industry lobbyists and front groups, as …

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 …

April 3, 2015

The Dallas Morning News March 31, 2015 By TOM BENNING AUSTIN — The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday showed its willingness to rein in municipalities’ exercise of local control, tentatively approving a bill that would restrict local housing policies. Under the bill, cities and counties could not keep landlords from disqualifying …