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.

The ‘Fundamental Shift in Federalism’ Under Trump

States and localities are interacting with the federal government differently under the new administration on matters of health care, immigration and a host of other issues.

Cities Are Fighting to Close the Pay Gap–But States Are Standing in the Way

In a contributed article, National League of Cities' Christiana McFarland outlines how state preemption of local laws may be adding to the wage gap.

See Where Your State Stands on the Preemption of Local Government

The number of states passing laws superseding city ordinances is on the rise, spurred by industry lobbying and single-party dominance of legislatures.