As the Texas special legislative session passed a raft of bills attacking local communities, Defend Local spoke with the Houston Chronicle about those bills’ impact and our work:
Cities and counties nationwide are sounding the alarm over the Texas Senate’s “quick strike” assault on local governments and vowing to do something about it.
A national group calling itself Campaign to Defend Local Solutions said the state Senate went too far this week in trying to impose itself on local governments by trying to restrict everything from bathroom policies, to building permit processing and even tree ordinances.
“It’s one of the most aggressive quick strike assaults we’ve ever seen,” said Franco Ripple, spokesman for Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, which is based in Florida where cities have similarly been pushing against the state’s efforts to restrict what ordinances cities and counties can pass.
Ripple said his group is already sending people to Austin to help consult with local governments on what the next step might be. In other states, the group has joined in lawsuits, like in Ohio, where state lawmakers have tried to block local hiring ordinances.
The Campaign to Defend Local Solutions was started in January as state governments nationwide began getting more aggressive in challenging local governments and their authority to govern themselves.