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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 9, 2015

LD 1185 Advances in Maine With Overwhelming Support

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ld-1185-advances-in-maine-with-overwhelming-support/

On June 5th, the Main House of Representatives voted 143 – 0 in favor of LD 1185, the Maine bill to provide state planning and implementation grants for local municipal networks. Representative Norm Higgins, the sponsor of the bill, contacted us to let us know about the incredible support for the bill. LD 1185 proposes… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2004

California Laws Targeting Supercenters Raise Concerns

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-laws-targeting-supercenters-raise-concerns/

Rather than capping the size of all retail stores, a growing number of cities and counties in California are banning supercenters in particular. These are generally defined as stores over 90,000 or 100,000 square feet that devote more than 5 or 10 percent of their floor area to non-taxable grocery items.

Under these ordinances, developers can still build massive box stores, so long as they do not combine department store merchandise and a full supermarket under one roof. Continue reading