State legislatures across the country have gone beyond preventing local governments from passing common-sense local solutions. They’ve begun silencing local voices using draconian super-preemption laws. These laws allow special interest groups to sue local governments and in some cases personally sue local officials for doing their job. These laws are designed to intimidate, bully, and chill government at the local level. This infographic highlights where these laws exist, where they have been recently proposed, and what their impacts could be to cities, counties, local officials, and taxpayers alike.
Since we put this infographic together, two additional states have passed forms of punitive Super-Preemption laws:
Tennessee passed HB508 which includes punitive penalties to the preemption of firearms.
Texas passed SB4 (which is currently being challenged in the Courts) that includes Super-Preemption penalties for enacting local “sanctuary cities” policies.