Key to helping people understand the dangers of state preemption is measuring and documenting the consequences of its use.  Only when elected officials, attorneys and advocates can demonstrate the harms caused by state interference can they make the case for countering, overruling or repealing these efforts to limit local decision-making.  To that end, LSSC has produced reports, sponsored research and created maps that demonstrate the increased use of state preemption and the effect that has had on local communities and particularly women, people of color and low wage workers.

End of session report

After every legislative session since 2011, localities in many states end up with less power than they had when the session started.  LSSC, in partnership with the State Innovation Exchange, produced a report documenting preemption trends in the 2019 sessions.

Empirical research

LSSC commissioned the Urban Institute to look at the effectiveness of local action in four areas to establish an understanding the costs of consequences when local governments are prohibited from acting.

Urban Institute research:  The Urban Institute released four research briefs prepared for LSSC:          

LSSC has served as a hub coordinating, supporting, and disseminating empirical research into the abuse of preemption to perpetuate racial and economic disparity.  That research includes: