Updated Interactive Map Documents Rising Tide of Preemption
Since the 1980s, preemption has been used to hinder grassroots movements across public health issues, including tobacco, food, alcohol and gun violence. But opponents of public health have dramatically accelerated the use of preemption over the last few years. From e-cigarettes to paid sick days, more and more communities are threatened with losing their ability to protect themselves. This not only affects the health of their communities, but it can kill effective grassroots movements before they start.
Maintaining local authority is essential to protecting public health and creating enduring positive social change through grassroots movement building. We’ve updated our successful state preemption map and expanded from four to six issues: smokefree laws
, factory farms
, paid sick days
, and provided more detailed information on each state's preemption laws.
In addition to these issues, learn about the impact of preemption on issues ranging from fracking
and fire prevention
to housing policy
, by joining
Preemption Watch to receive our free bi-weekly preemption news feed.
Check out our updated map
. Click on any of the issues, or on a state, to see the impact of preemption on community health and safety.