Local Preemption In Pennsylvania

Preemption is the use of state law to nullify a municipal ordinance or authority. Sometime preemption can strengthen a statewide policy; however, a recent trend of preemption legislation in the Commonwealth, and across the nation, has been counterproductive to local decision making by preventing municipalities from carrying out essential duties, as well as meeting the core wants and needs of their community.

On a regular basis, preemption legislation is introduced by the General Assembly intending to take local decisions out of the hands of locally elected officials. Municipal authority to respond to and find solutions for the unique problems facing their communities must be preserved in order for municipalities to thoroughly protect the health, safety and welfare of their residents. The ability for local governments to make decisions and regulations when necessary should not be interfered with overarching state laws.

For these reasons, The League strongly opposes legislation that aims to preempt local government decision making.


Local Preemption Legislation: 2023/2024 Legislative Session

Please see a list of preemption legislation introduced this legislative session below.

Bill NumberBill Sponsor(s)Local Preemption
HB/SB ##Rep./Sen.