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June 15 -- State Preemption: From Guns to Garbage, Who's Got the Power?

The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

June 15 -- State Preemption: From Guns to Garbage, Who's Got the Power?

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. -- 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

We'll talk about how federalism protects and constrains states' rights and how states can both protect and commandeer local control. From guns and garbage to water quality and pesticides, how much control do states and towns have to protect their assets or advance their values? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at weru.org.

Special Guests:

  • Garrett Corbin, Legislative Advocate for the Maine Municipal Association.
  • Lauren Phillips, J.D. Columbia Law School 2018, not yet admitted to practice law.

Key Topics:

  • How do states and towns derive the power to govern under our constitution, under federalism?
  • How can the states "preempt" or commandeer powers that might be assigned to the towns? Can the federal government do this to states, too?
  • What is "home rule?" How can states rights and home rule be used to challenge unpopular state or federal policies?
  • What can states and the federal government do to reign in these challenges?
  • What are some examples from other states?
  • How has this worked in Maine?
  • What are some opportunities for states and towns to advance an agenda?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Recent Topics in this Series

May
IMMIGRATION: Can We Live Without It?

April
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: How Will It Work in Maine?

March
GERRYMANDERING: What's the Big Deal?

February
PRIMARY ELECTIONS: What Are They Good For?

November
TEN MONTHS IN: Taking Stock in Maine

October
POLITICAL PARTIES: Do They Still Matter?

September
CENSUS 2020: Making Sense of the Census

July
CIVIL DISCOURSE: Can We Do It?

June
JOBS IN MAINE: What's the Future?

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.