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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - "States and Cities in Power Struggle Over Local Laws"

That is the headline of a long $$$ story today in the WSJ, reported by Jon Kamp and Joe Palazzolo, about a national move from state legislatures usurping local ordinances one by one (i.e. plastic bags, Airb&b regulation) to states adopting an "overriding policy." A few quotes:

States are stepping up a push to rein in the power of local governments to make laws.

Politicians in Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania are backing broad-based approaches to block city ordinances, rather than fighting cities on specific issues like minimum-wage rules. Arizona passed such a law last year that is currently being tested in the courts.

Proponents say these wide-ranging bills are a way to get ahead of a flurry of local actions around the country, such as a plastic-bag levy in New York City, a paid sick-leave requirement in Philadelphia and ride-sharing regulations affecting companies such as Uber. * * *

Supporters of state-level pre-emption measures say they are needed to assert states’ authority and stop cities from creating uneven regulations that scare off businesses. The states are reacting to increasingly aggressive pushes for local rules, said Ben Wilterdink, director of the commerce, insurance and economic-development task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC], which says it is dedicated to limited government, free markets and federalism.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 13, 2017 09:23 AM
Posted to Indiana Government