Preemption Policy & Data Analysis Workshop

50th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:45pm


    Application Deadline: Friday, February 7 (11:59pm CST)
(Late applications are not accepted!)

While preemption has grown as a tool for states, its impacts on the functions of cities, their residents and their businesses have gone largely unexamined…until now!

Through the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National League of Cities (NLC) asked Temple University’s Law School to build a specialized database of preemption statutes and policies across the U.S.  This dataset is now available to researchers who demonstrate an interest in the topic.

To introduce interested persons to this national dataset, NLC is providing a workshop at this year’s UAA Conference. The workshop will provide a description of the dataset and its intended uses. In addition, participants will hear results from research projects that have utilized the dataset.  Specifically, presentations will be made by three recipients of the 2020 NLC Research Fellowships. The presenters will share their research design and outcomes, and discuss their experiences with the NLC dataset.

The workshop will serve as both an introduction to this new research resource, and provide a valuable networking opportunity for persons interested in preemption research.

Who Should Apply

Individuals who are interested in any of the topics listed below are encouraged to apply.

  • Inclusionary zoning
  • Paid leave
  • Municipal Broadband
  • Rent Stabilization
  • Firearms
  • Ban the Box
  • Full Disclosure/Truth in Taxation
  • General Revenue/Expenditure Limit
  • Property Tax Rate Limit
  • Property Tax Assessment Limit
  • Property Tax Levy Limit

For each policy, the dataset contains detailed information such as the entities and areas of policy that are preempted, exceptions to the preemption, state requirements and much more. For example, the inclusionary zoning the dataset provides responses to the following questions: Does state law preempt local mandatory inclusionary zoning for residential units? What types of units are preempted? Does the law expressly permit voluntary inclusionary zoning? What incentives are permitted in the law?

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