We've seen friction lately between local leaders and the State of Texas over regulatory authority to address issues like non-discrimination and app-based paid ride services. When Houston Mayor Annise Parker appeared on Houston Matters last month
, she said a series of what she called "pre-emption bills" represented a shift in thinking in Austin.
Stephen Koch is an attorney based in Houston. In this commentary, he notes conflict over the scope of local community power can be traced back a long way in history – a very, very long way — some 800 years ago to be exact when The Magna Carta was signed on June 19, 1215.