July 8, 2015 - Updated Map Documents Rising Tide of State Preemption
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, e-cigarettes, nutrition, factory farms, paid sick days and guns, 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. 
                                Mark Pertschuk                                                  Michael Bare                               
                             Director                                                    Program Manager                   
Grassroots Change supports grassroots public health and safety movements. We’re joined together by a shared belief in the power of grassroots movements and a commitment to improving the lives of all Americans – whether that means access to healthy foods, violence prevention, paid sick days, or reconnecting children with nature. Preemption Watch is a project of Grassroots Change.
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Support for this project is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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