Preemption is when a higher form of government (such as a state legislature) limits a lower form of government (such as a city council) from taking action on an issue. It is becoming an increasingly common state legislative tactic and extending to a greater number of issue areas.

This hurts local democracy and worsens health disparities among communities.

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. Add your name to stay up to date on ways you help support local control efforts!