Many policies that help make communities healthier start locally. But what happens when your state has policies that stop, limit or discourage local communities from taking action to address the needs of their residents? This is known as preemption, and it can hurt the health and well-being of our families, friends and neighbors.
Everyone should benefit from smart and effective policies, but when states block local leaders' ability to innovate and enact laws that promote health it is often the communities with the greatest need who are hurt.
People are working hard in their communities to find solutions to local problems. They have local knowledge and the drive to take action. Preemption takes power out of the hands of the local people most affected by these policies and places it in the hands of special interests and corporations. This hurts local democracy and worsens health disparities among communities.
It’s time to put community first.
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