The Threat of Super-Preemption

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.



Mayors Innovation Project Workshop: Protecting Locally Enacted Health, Economic, Environmental, & Civil Rights Gains

Held in December of 2016 and hosted in partnership with State Innovation Exchange, and the Rockefeller Family Fund, this workshop examined case studies & lessons learned in the fight against preemption, research, policy and legal tools, and info on how to broaden the coalition working against preemption.


Model Documentary Screening Run of Show

Documentaries are a great way to begin conversations around issues that are important to local governments, and can be used to highlight the importance of being able to pass local solutions to local problems. This run of show is for the Newtown documentary, but should give a good sense of how to organize an effective screening.

Legal Documents

Florida Carry, et al. v. City of Tallahassee, et al.

Below are the Amicus Briefs filed in support of Mayor Andrew Gillum, his Commissioner colleagues and the City of Tallahassee in the super-preemption lawsuit. The Appellate Court ultimately upheld the Trial Court’s Order in this case, ruling the elected officials and City had done no wrong, but avoided ruling on the Constitutional issue. For additional pleadings in this case send a request to

Legal Documents

City of Cleveland v. State of Ohio

These pleadings are from a challenge by the City of Cleveland against the State of Ohio over a bill which preempted local governments from requiring local hiring percentages on contracts.  The City of Cleveland had a long-standing ordinance requiring such, and filed the challenge to declare the State law unconstitutional. The Court ruled in favor of Cleveland and local control.