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Type Ordinance
Year 1989
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families
An ordinance declaring San Francisco to be a sanctuary city and outlining prohibitions on obligating funds toward deportation-related purposes. In particular, no department, agency, commission, officer, or employee of the City and County of San Francisco shall use any City funds or...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Deutsche Bank Group
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
On June 20, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in "American Electric Power v. Connecticut." This is the second climate change case to be decided by that court and the first to concern common law claims, where the plaintiffs claimed that the greenhouse...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
The global spread of Covid-19 has highlighted the vital need for reliable high-speed internet and the inadequacies of the for-profit, corporate model in delivering it. This report proposes new approaches to ownership and control that will accelerate and democratize digital infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Food
The loss of local control due to state or federal "preemption" is a national trend and, as illustrated by these quotes, of great concern to local policymakers and advocates regardless of partisan affiliations. Use these as a resource to develop messaging appropriate for your audience....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
There have been numerous reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") arresting people across the United States....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development
This is a case study of the Localism Act of 2011 in England, which affords a series of community rights to localities that self-organize. Rights include formulation of a separate development plan and building community facilities outside of the mandate of the federal government. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Corporations and their political allies deploy state preemption to stop local progress and block the abilities of local governments to act on the values and needs of their communities. This report uses data from Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee to demonstrate how communities,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina, Tennessee
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Housing
Citywide development that uses traditional business practices, which have historically benefitted from and perpetuated racialized inequality, can threaten to displace the most disadvantaged communities. This report provides tools and resources for groups that are advocating for more...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on local communities and economies. In response, this guide outlines seven steps municipal governments can take to hasten their recovery and build resilience for the future. These actions emphasize equitable outcomes, and were developed with the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Children & Families, Food, Environment & Natural Resources
Coordinated messaging from industry lobbyists and state legislators who support preemption is similar or identical across issues and states. This document lays out a number of predictable pro-preemption statements or messages, followed by accurate messages you can use to refute them,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health
Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with many health and societal problems including chronic diseases, injuries, and violence. Limiting the days and hours of sale is one strategy that can prevent excessive alcohol consumption and related harms. This guide identifies state...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance
We are in an unprecedented moment in U.S. history. It is a time of resurgent racism and inequality, but also of newly energized and ambitious activism. We propose that the most effective way to take advantage of that momentum and reclaim American democracy is through investment in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
State legislatures around the country have routinely worked to strip power from local governments. Aggressive corporate and special interests have moved state legislators and courts to gut the ability of local governments in a vast number of states to alleviate unemployment and protect...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
The New York State Energy Plan, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2015, calls for a doubling to 50 percent of the portion of the electricity used in the state that comes from renewable sources by 2030. This would lower greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and reduce the use of fossil...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League Of Cities
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Our nation’s local elected leaders work tirelessly every day to reflect their city’s values and represent community members. These leaders represent the level of government closest to the people they govern, and they focus on the critical issues that matter to the people of this great...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report looks at the rising use of preemption by state legislatures to undercut local labor standards. It provides an overview of five key areas of labor and employment policy affected by preemption—including minimum wage, paid leave, fair work scheduling, prevailing wage, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
Using local and state associations, massive corporations and their overwhelmingly white, male leadership are driving forward a strategy to keep wages low and rents high by stripping away local democratic power. This report focuses on five states—Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Louisiana,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development
Lean Urbanism uses Pilot Projects to improve communities through incremental, reflexive processes that utilize Lean Urbanism tools to identify existing underutilized assets. Pilot projects can provide valuable information to refine and adjust tools, and to identify common obstacles...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Food
Many policies that help make healthier foods available to families start locally. But what if your state lawmakers suddenly passed legislation that took away the ability of community members, city councils, school districts, and counties to help prevent heart disease, stroke, and...

Type Ordinance
Year 1981
Level County
State(s) Florida
Source The Williams Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance establishes a home rule charter for the county. This charter decentralizes certain state powers to the county board of commissioners and grants the board of commissioners certain rights to self-governance and independence. The ordinance includes language that defines...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Children & Families, Food, Environment & Natural Resources
The power of local governments to pass laws that protect the health, safety and welfare of their citizens is waning and under increasing attack. Over the past four years, a historic number of local interference (preemption) bills have been filed and passed in state capitals across...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source EARN
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Across the midwest, conservative state lawmakers have increasingly used preemption—a tactic whereby a higher level of government limits or eliminates the power of a lower-level government to regulate an issue—to reduce the policy tools and power available to local lawmakers. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Health
Local policy is more likely to generate lasting change if it responds to the needs and priorities of local residents and is grounded in their lived experiences. However, some state legislatures are using the legal doctrine of preemption to block local policy innovations. This report...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The NLC identifies four critical aspects of contemporary home rule: home rule should provide local governments the power they need to solve the challenges they face; home rule should advance local fiscal authority; home rule should establish a high bar for states to displace local...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Housing
Although local efforts to address housing affordability are often obstructed by state preemption laws, local authority over land use and zoning provides an opportunity for cities, towns and villages to improve access to housing. This report takes a look at the interplay of state policies...

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