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A growing number of states are passing laws that bar local governments from enacting their own laws or regulations that differ from those imposed by the state. Supporters say it is about preventing local governments from creating a patchwork of conflicting laws that hurt the state’s ability to attract businesses, but local governments see it as an intrusion into local control.
In fact, at least five states have passed laws this year nullifying or preempting local ordinances, including those regulating ride-sharing, fracking and concealed-weapons permits, according to analysis by LexisNexis State Net. Local-control legislation is also pending in at least four states, including two bills prohibiting the installation of red-light cameras in Texas, which has already passed HB 40, effectively blocking local fracking bans in the state.
States that passed law this year preempting or nullifying local regulations: Wisconsin, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas.
States that are considering local-control legislation: Oklahoma, Michigan, California.
State implementing both considerations: Texas
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The above article and image are courtesy of StateNet Capitol Journal.