Pre-emption of Local Governments is Going Too Far

Corcoran claims the Legislature is better able to represent public opinion because it has 120 members versus the handful on most city councils. That’s a unique view of representation, but given that he’s the speaker and, as the saying goes, is in “the catbird seat,” we may need to start asking for local policy directly from our state Legislature.

Is State Preemption of City Powers Desirable?

So preemption is “good” if you agree with the legislature, but it is not if you disagree. This ignores the implications of preemption for democratic governance. We often view local decision making as the ideal. Local governments are closest to home and represent local decisions most clearly.