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.
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.
- Garrett Corbin, Legislative Advocate for the Maine Municipal Association.
- Lauren Phillips, J.D. Columbia Law School 2018, not yet admitted to practice law.
- 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?
To learn more, follow these links to related articles and essays:
- Impeding Innovation: State Preemption of Progressive Local Regulations, Lauren Phillips in the Columbia Law Review, Volume 117, No. 8, December 2017.
- Commentary: Weighing the cost of `home rule' in Maine, Colin Woodard in the Portland Press Herald, June 8, 2015.
- Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won't Let Them. more from TheUpshot at the New York Times, July, 2017.
- From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws, PR Watch's Lisa Graves on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April, 2016.
- Soda And Fast Food Lobbyists Push State Preemption Laws To Prevent Local Regulation, Robb Waters in Forbes Magazine, June, 21, 2017.
- Municipal Approaches in Maine to Reduce Single-use
Consumer Products, Travis Wagner in the Maine Policy Review, 2016.
- Preemption Watch Newsletter,
- Preemption Doctrine,by Ellerbe P. Cole, Maine Municipal Association in Maine Townsman,"Legal Notes," June 1991.
Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive
IMMIGRATION: Can We Live Without It?
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: How Will It Work in Maine?
GERRYMANDERING: What's the Big Deal?
PRIMARY ELECTIONS: What Are They Good For?
TEN MONTHS IN: Taking Stock in Maine
POLITICAL PARTIES: Do They Still Matter?
CENSUS 2020: Making Sense of the Census
CIVIL DISCOURSE: Can We Do It?
JOBS IN MAINE: What's the Future?
Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.