The National League of Cities released an updated report this week on the number of states that have laws preempting local power in certain policy areas.
From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.
A group of mostly mayors encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to refocus its efforts on new broadband investment, instead of preempting their oversight of public rights of way.
The proposal is still on the table, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, though localities may find their authority on public rights of way preempted regardless.
In the background of a busy week of innovation, ideas, movies and music in Austin, Steve Adler is dealing with tricky challenges, like state legislative preemption and traffic congestion.
The streamlined broadband deployment the FCC is contemplating will lessen local control without making rural build-outs more likely.
Despite plastic bag bans in places like California showing signs of success, a growing number of states are enacting prohibitions on banning plastic bags.
The chair of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hopes to set post-net-neutrality rules for internet service providers—and ensure that states don’t interfere.
San Francisco earned top marks, according to a new National Institute for Reproductive Health report. Where does your city rate?
Efforts to bring a uniform permitting process to the Golden State will go back to the drawing board.
Not everyone is satisfied with the preemption language.
The Commerce Committee is preparing to mark up the legislation.
Reforms could save billions of dollars from predatory lenders at the state level, but it’s not long before presidential appointees to federal regulatory agencies likely look to preempt them.
Will the recent tangle over the regulation of trees on private land in Texas spread to other cities and states?
Proposed cuts to the federal budget and local preemption could kill the fiscal capacity of municipalities to deal with disasters like Hurricane Harvey or even provide basic government services.
After a Missouri law took effect on Monday, the wage floor in the city was reduced to $7.70 per hour after three months at $10 per hour—the latest case of a state cracking down on a city that had enacted a progressive policy.
Laws preventing the removal of statues raise questions not only about historical legacy but also about local control and public safety.
Most local officials want “most” or “complete” authority over land and economic development, but not LGBT rights, minimum wages, plastic bag bans and the sharing economy.
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