occupy the field

Definition of "occupy the field"
  1. The act by a higher authority, such as federal or state, to take complete control over a specific area of statutory law, making their laws prevail over those of lower jurisdictions on specific matters
How to use "occupy the field" in a sentence
  1. The federal authority decided to occupy the field on matters related to interstate commerce.
  2. By choosing to occupy the field, the state laws prevailed over the county's laws regarding specific topics.
  3. In environmental regulations, sometimes the federal government chooses to occupy the field, rendering lesser jurisdictional laws ineffective.

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