state preemption

NLC REPORT: Exploring State Interference Before, During, and After the Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered daily life, brought the economy to a screeching halt, and has challenged every level of government.

Cities, towns, and villages not only face challenges confronting the virus, but in confronting state interference in their response as state preemption has severely limited or outright prevented local leaders from implementing the policies their communities need.

State Preemption of Local Regulation

Anyone who has been to a few NHMA workshops or read our articles in Town & City is probably familiar with the idea that New Hampshire is not a “home rule” state. Cities and towns have only the powers the legislature has expressly given them. All municipal authority must find its basis in some state law.