State Preemption of Local Authority on the Upswing, Research Shows

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.

Preemption Battles Continue as Cities Look to Improve Internet Connectivity

From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.

Local Officials to FCC: We’re Not the Ones Impeding 5G

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.

Trump Administration Mum on Nationalizing 5G

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.

The Mayor’s Life at SXSW

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.

5G Preemption Is Coming

The streamlined broadband deployment the FCC is contemplating will lessen local control without making rural build-outs more likely.

Banning the Bans: State and Local Officials Clash Over Plastic Bags

Despite plastic bag bans in places like California showing signs of success, a growing number of states are enacting prohibitions on banning plastic bags.

Blackburn Seeks to ‘Preempt State Law With Respect to Internet Openness’

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.

Scoring U.S. Cities on Their ‘Reproductive Freedom’

San Francisco earned top marks, according to a new National Institute for Reproductive Health report. Where does your city rate?

Local California Officials Applaud Governor’s Veto of Small Cell Wireless Permitting Bill

Efforts to bring a uniform permitting process to the Golden State will go back to the drawing board.

Many State AGs Know That Consumer Protections Aren't Safe Under Trump

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.

Growth of Private Tree Regulation Spurs Fear of Backlash

Will the recent tangle over the regulation of trees on private land in Texas spread to other cities and states?

Why States and Cities Need More Policy Financing Mechanisms

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.

How St. Louis Workers Won and Then Lost a Minimum-Wage Hike

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.

Local Officials Want to Remove Confederate Monuments—but States Won't Let Them

Laws preventing the removal of statues raise questions not only about historical legacy but also about local control and public safety.

Report: Michigan Preemption Is a Case-by-Case Problem for Localities

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.

City vs. State: The Story So Far

From minimum wage to immigration, states have been taking aggressive action to stamp out local laws that they disagree with.