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Workshop: State Preemption of Local Authority



Across America, new municipal and county health, safety, labor and environmental ordinances are the focus of a growing trend: they are being overruled - or “preempted” - by state legislation.  

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

That’s why SEIU, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the Mayors Innovation Project held the daylong workshop on November 18th in Austin, Texas. The workshop was directly before the National League of Cities Conference in Austin.
This workshop included elected officials and advocates working across a wide range of issues including minimum wage, earned sick time, food labeling, fracking and more. 

Please contact us with questions (info@mayorsinnovation.org).

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Monday, November 17

5:00 - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

Lobby Lounge, Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701

Tuesday, November 18

​8:00 - 8:30am

Breakfast & Registration

Austin Room, Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701

​8:30 - 9:00am

Welcome, Goals of the Meeting & Introductions

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayors Innovation Project

Anna Reynoso, SEIU

Roxanne Stachowski, Rockefeller Family Fund

Facilitator: Teresa Vilmain, Consultant

​9:00 - 10:45am

What Is State Preemption and Why Do We Care About It?

Mark Pertschuk, Grassroots Change and Preemption Watch

Mary Bottari, Center for Media and Democracy

Ellen Bravo, Family Values @ Work

Moderator: Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women & Families

​10:45 - 11:00am


​11:00 - 12:30pm

Successful Efforts to Protect Local Control: Case Studies

Mary Ann Sumner, Town of Dryden NY Supervisor

David Bowen, Wisconsin State Representative-Elect

Abigail Hurst, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Cathy Callaway, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Moderator: Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayors Innovation Project

​12:30 - 1:30pm


​1:30 - 2:30pm

Unveiling New Research

Molly Murphy, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research

Kim Haddow, Haddow Communications

​2:30 - 2:45pm


​2:45 - 4:15pm

Overview of policy tools and strategies for local elected officials

Sam Munger, COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy), University of Wisconsin

Pete Maysmith, Conservation Colorado

Kendall Stagg, Chicago Department of Public Health

Moderator: Andrew Beane, SEIU 775

​4:15 - 5:15pm

A Roundtable Discussion of Strategies for Action

​5:15 - 5:30pm

Summary of Meeting Outcomes & Next Steps


Choosing Your Anti-Preemption Tool: A Decision Tree Model, Sam Munger, November 18th, 2014. Read more.

Legal Maneuvers to Promote or Prevent Preemption, Vicki Shabo, November 18th, 2014. Read more.

Protecting Local Control: A Research and Messaging Toolkit, Kim Haddow, November 18th, 2014. Read more.

How to Talk About Preemption and its Consequences, Molly Murphy and Pia Nargundkar, November 10th, 2014. Read more.

Name, Titlte, City/Organization

Andrew  Beane, Director of Stategic Campaigns, SEIU 775NW
Tammy Bockhorst, Trustee, Shorewood, WI
Mary Bottari, Deputy Director, Center for Media and Democracy
David Bowen, State Rep.-Elect, Milwaukee, WI
Laura Brandon, Senior Associate, BerlinRosen Public Affairs
Ellen Bravo, Executive Director, Family Values @ Work
Adam Briggle, Vice President, Frack Free Denton
Cathy Callaway, Associate Director, State & Local Campaign Team, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network
Mark Clear, Alderman, Madison, WI
Dessa Cosma-King, Director, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan 
Joe Davis, Sr., Alderman, Milwaukee, WI
Bronson Frick, Associate Director, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Elizabeth Glidden, Council Vice Pres., Minneapolis, MN
Gayle Goldin, State Senator, Providence, RI
M. Lorena Gonzalez, General Counsel to the Mayor of Seattle, Office of the Mayor, City of Seattle
Kim Haddow, President, Haddow Communications
Shandi Hanna, Community Engagement Coordinator, Women's Fund of Rhode Island
Lili Hoag, Policy Director, Family Forward Oregon
Debbie  Hornor, Senior Manager, Field Consultation, American Heart Association
Abigail  Hurst , Policy Specialist , Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence 
Alicia Junco, Assistant General Counsel, SEIU
Mike Kasperzak, Councilmember, Mountain View, CA
Larry MacDonald, Mayor , Bayfield, WI
Pete Maysmith, Executive Director , Conservation Colorado 
Emily Miota, Outreach Specialist, Mayors Innovation Project
Sam Munger, Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Molly Murphy, Partner, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research
Deborah Ortega, Councilwoman, Denver, CO
Martha Pellegrino, Director, Office of Government Relations, City of Portland, OR
Mark Pertschuk, Director, Grassroots Change and Preemption Watch
Stephanie Porta, Executive Director, Organize Now
Anna Reynoso, Government Relations, SEIU
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
Vicki Shabo, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Peggy Shorey, Director, State Govt Relations, AFL-CIO
Andrew Smith, State Government Relations Manager, Office of Government Relations, City of Portland, OR
Roxanne Stachowski, Senior Program Associate, Rockefeller Family Fund
Kendall Stagg, Chief of Policy, Senior Advisor, Chicago Department of Public Health
Lisa Subeck, State Representative-Elect, Madison, WI
Mary Ann Sumner, Supervisor, Dryden, NY
Chris Taylor, State Representative, Madison, WI
Teresa Vilmain, Consultant 
Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute
Karen White, Director, Working Families Program, Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University
Liz Williams, Project Manager, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Jeremy Wilson, Deputy Political Director, 32BJ SEIU
Dave Woodward, County Commissioner, Royal Oak, MI