States and cities in power struggle over local laws

Gun destruction issue in Tucson has brought state-city debate to court. /YouTube

Our purpose is not to punish [Tucson],’ said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich,

By Jon Kamp and Joe Palazzolo | The Wall Street Journal

States are stepping up a push to rein in the power of local governments to make laws.

Politicians in Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania are backing broad-based approaches to block city ordinances, rather than fighting cities on specific issues like minimum-wage rules. Arizona passed such a law last year that is currently being tested in the courts.

Proponents say these wide-ranging bills are a way to get ahead of a flurry of local actions around the country, such as a plastic-bag levy in New York City, a paid sick-leave requirement in Philadelphia and ride-sharing regulations affecting companies such as Uber.

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