6.16.17

The Plain Dealer: National coalition joins Cleveland fight to save Fannie Lewis law

A coalition created to battle preemption of home rule by state legislatures across the nation has joined Cleveland’s fight against a state law that would void city regulations that help Clevelanders get work on public contracts.

The Campaign to Defend Local Solutions on Tuesday filed a brief in the 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals arguing in favor of the city’s position. The state appealed the case after a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge ruled in favor of the city in January.

“Cities across the country are under attack by overreaching state legislatures, and a preemption threat to one city is a threat to all,” Michael Alfano, campaign manager for the coalition, said in a statement. “Whether in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, or North Carolina, the rights of cities like Cleveland to enact laws that reflect community values must be defended.”

Read more on CDLS filing this Amicus and about this fight to #DefendLocal, here.