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State Preemption

10 hours ago
Housing deregulation for the sake of housing affordability made progress in both Democratic- and Republican-led states last year.
City Journal
5 days ago
A model of accessory dwelling unit reform will be under consideration this year in the Washington State Legislature.
Sightline Institute
January 13, 2020, 11am PST
The ranks of states considering or taking steps to override local control to allow new density in the residential neighborhoods of cities has swelled once again, this time with a state senator in Nebraska pitching statewide legislation.
1011 Now
January 8, 2020, 6am PST
The ambitious "Homes for All" plan would include upzoning as only one tool for addressing the acute housing affordability crisis in the state of Maryland.
CityLab
January 7, 2020, 9am PST
News broke yesterday that the dormant SB 50, a bill proposed last year by California State Senator Scott Weiner, has new life in the new year.
CALmatters
December 23, 2019, 5am PST
The Commonwealth of Virginia will consider a bill that would legalize duplexes in single-family zones throughout the state.
CityLab
November 26, 2019, 8am PST
California's Senate Bill 35 is touted by affordable housing advocates and other pro-development forces as an example of what good developments can happen when local obstructions are moved out of the way by the state.
The Mercury News
November 5, 2019, 5am PST
Newly proposed legislation in the New York State Senate would bar cities from setting limits on the number of food vendors operating in the public realm.
New York Post
October 21, 2019, 2pm PDT
The Chicago Sun-Times responds to two Illinois state legislators who have recently proposed bills that would ban red light cameras statewide.
Chicago Sun-Times
July 26, 2019, 10am PDT
While statewide efforts to loosen zoning restrictions have made news in (mostly) blue states like California and Oregon, (mostly) red states like Florida have been preventing local governments from passing their own housing policies.
Pacific Standard
July 14, 2019, 7am PDT
Factors beyond political chance played into Oregon's recent decision to legalize missing middle housing. One key point: the state was already halfway there.
City Observatory
July 6, 2019, 9am PDT
Legislation that would have preempted local laws, and had the support of major scooter companies, is now a two-year bill.
San Francisco Examiner
July 4, 2019, 9am PDT
Many gardeners in Florida celebrated this week, as Senate Bill 82 went into effect, by planting fruits and vegetables in their yards, legally, whether their city liked it or not.
NPR
July 1, 2019, 7am PDT
A bill that seemed like it could be a casualty of a bitter partisan feud managed to squeak under the wire. With Governor Kate Brown's signature, single-family zoning will be prohibited throughout the state of Oregon.
The Oregonian
June 26, 2019, 8am PDT
Milwaukee wants Wisconsin to overturn its law that prohibits red light cameras throughout the states. New state legislation could help achieve the city's goal.
Urban Milwaukee
June 20, 2019, 2pm PDT
Local governments didn't want the Texas State Legislature to approved HB 2439, but now the bill is officially law. Some communities worry that they can no longer control the aesthetics of new development.
NBC DFW
June 9, 2019, 9am PDT
"This particular solution, which has been very controversial in the Legislature, is not very controversial when it comes to the general public."
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2019, 8am PDT
Local control loses ground to provincial preemption north of the border.
CP 24
June 3, 2019, 10am PDT
The state of Texas decided to preempt local traffic safety laws by banning all red light camera programs.
KVUE
May 25, 2019, 9am PDT
A new law, signed by Governor Kim Reynolds this week, will require extra steps of local officials before they can raise property taxes in the state of Iowa.
Cedar Rapids Gazette