Many policies that help make communities healthier start locally. Policies that stop, limit, or discourage local communities from enacting policy solutions are referred to as “preemption.” Voices for Healthy Kids works to oppose preemption and believes it is possible for advocates to stand up for local policy solutions, as seen in this progress from Utah.
Voters in the state of Washington just said yes to a measure that will prevent cities there from enacting “soda taxes”.
For years, the soda industry had an ironclad strategy when a city wanted to enact a soda tax: spend a lot of money, rally local businesses, and shoot it down.
Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill barring cities and counties statewide from enacting soda taxes.