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Local Agency Powers and Limitations


What can local agencies do to address issues that arise within their boundaries?

The answer to that question turns on the division of labor between state and local government in California’s constitution. Federal law can sometimes also be a limiting factor.

The first piece in the box at right highlights provisions of California’s constitution that may be of interest to California local officials.  Relevant federal preemption and constitutional provisions are also noted.

The second piece examines the preemption issue in more detail.

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