Local Control Workshop

Workshop: Protecting Locally Enacted Health, Economic, Environmental & Civil Rights Gains
Monday, December 7, Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC

Across America, efforts to enact new city and county health, safety, workplace and environmental ordinances are the focus of a growing trend: they are being preempted by state legislation that undermines local democracy.

As a local or state official or as an advocate, the increased use of state preemption directly affects your community and work.

That’s why the Mayors Innovation Project, the State Innovation Exchange and the Rockefeller Family Fund hosted a daylong workshop on maintaining local control.

See full agenda here.

Presented by the Mayors Innovation Project, in partnership with:

Rockefeller Family Fund

State Innovation Exchange


Case Studies & Lessons We Have Learned

Moderator: Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women and Families
Mark Pertschuk, Grassroots Change
Richard von Glahn, Missouri Jobs with Justice
Tara Linn Hunter, Frack Free Denton
Christine Compton, American Heart Association – West Virginia
House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, Oregon House

2016 Threats to Locally Enacted Laws

Ellen Bravo, Family Values @ Work
Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy

New Research & Messaging Guidance

Moderator: Mayor Ted Terry, Clarkston GA
Molly Murphy, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research
Kim Haddow, Haddow Communications

Policy & Legal Tools to Protect Local Control

Moderator: Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayors Innovation Project
Ben Beach, Partnership for Working Families
Councilmember Lauren Kuby, Tempe AZ
Bronson Frick, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights

Broadening the Coalition

Moderator: Sam Munger, State Innovation Exchange
Andy Garcia, Equality Federation
Abe Silk, AFL-CIO
Pete Maysmith, Conservation Colorado



Analysis of In-Depth Interviews among Lawmakers and Advocacy Partners, Molly Murphy and Pia Nargundkar, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, November 18th, 2015. Read more.

Protecting Local Control: A Research and Messaging Toolkit, Kim Haddow, December 7th, 2015. Read more.

State Intervention Research Findings and Recommendations, Molly Murphy and Pia Nargundkar, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, December 9th, 2015. Read more.