State Law Center

CELDF’s Community Rights State Law Center was launched in 2013 to provide model state legislation and state constitutional amendments to people and groups working to expand local self-governance authority.

While serving as models and templates for state legislation and constitutional amendments, the bills and amendments listed within the State Law Center should be reviewed by legal counsel licensed to practice in individual states, and the materials should be customized for each state within which the models are used. The materials within the State Law Center should not be construed to be the offering of legal advice or lobbying by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

The State Law Center database consists of two parts – the first part provides models for state legislation that can be advanced to protect municipal and initiative lawmaking that seeks to expand the local rights for people, communities, and nature. The second part provides models for state constitutional amendments that recognize a state-level right to local self-government.

The goal of both the model state legislation and constitutional amendments is to provide templates for state-level change. That state-level change envisions the liberation of municipalities and communities to expand civil and political rights for individuals and communities, recognize the rights of nature, and elevate those rights above the “rights” currently claimed by corporations and other business entities.

The initial State Law Center database contains materials for ten states in which the CELDF is engaged. Other states will be added as they become active, and requests for additional state drafts can be sent to

Click here for Model State Legislation.

Click here for Model Constitutional Amendments.