How Cities Can Respond When the State Legislature Says ‘No’

From defiance to exploiting legal loopholes, municipalities are trying everything to get around state preemption laws and maintain local authority.

In Taking Up Climate Battle, Cities and States Shift the Debate

Some city leaders looking to lead on climate change policies, reducing emissions in their areas and tackling other environmental issues. But state preemption laws sometimes stand in their way.

States' Rights Advocates Look to Double Down on Supreme Court Sports Betting Win

On issues ranging from sanctuary cities to telecommunications, activists are betting big on the Supreme Court’s sports gambling decision.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Virginia Uranium Mining Case

A group of companies argues that Virginia's ban on mining for the radioactive metal runs afoul of federal law.

Tracking State Preemption Just Got Easier

A new map from the Partnership for Working Families covers nine economic and racial justice issue areas where localities are being interfered with.

Public Spaces and Local Democracy

COMMENTARY | The ongoing political battle over Civil War monuments—and the public spaces they reside in—reflects a disconnect over civic expression and our public spaces.

House Farm Bill Would Preempt Local Pesticide Regulations

Most states already prohibit local efforts to restrict the chemicals.

Legal Shootout at the Broadband Corral

City officials in Texas confront the state on its industry-backed preemption law.

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.