Launched in early January by Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions was formed to push back on state preemption laws that threaten local elected officials for doing their jobs. This month, Mayor Gillum and the Tallahassee City Commission prevailed in court over the gun lobby, which had sued to remove a gun safety ordinance citing state preemption of local firearms laws.
State legislators have continuously and increasingly used preemption to attack local wage, hiring, sick and safe leave and equality laws that benefit working people in communities across Florida.
“This fight is not about guns. State preemption prevents and severely limits the ability of local elected officials to be responsive to the needs of their individual communities and the demands of their residents,” said Monica Russo, SEIU Florida president and executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers. “Residents deserve to have their voices, working conditions, and rights protected by the local communities they live in and serve. We are proud to join the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions to help protect working families from state legislative overreach.”
SEIU Florida joins the Campaign’s growing coalition of local elected officials from 13 states, and organizations including States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, No More Tears, Equality Florida, ReThink Energy Florida, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection, Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, Florida National Organization for Women, and the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee. The Campaign has also partnered on events and initiatives with the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Sierra Club of Florida, Mayor’s Innovation Project, Partnership for Working Families, Local Progress, and Pathways PA.