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devolution

n. the transfer of rights, powers, or an office (public or private) from one person or government to another. (See: devolve)

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devolution

1 the transmission ofan interest in property from one person to another by operation of law.
2 in constitutional law, the giving of a degree of power, functional, sectional or geographic, to an inferior body. A recent legal model appeared in the Scotland Act 1998.
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DEVOLUTION, eccl. law. The transfer, by forfeiture, of a right and power which a person has to another, on account of some act or negligence of the person who is vested with such right or power: for example, when a person has the right of preseptation, and he does not present within the time prescribed, the right devolves on his next immediate superior. Ayl. Par. 331.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In the more than two decades since the enactment of the 1970 Constitution, a majority of voters in approximately 50 small Illinois communities have chosen home-rule status.
Officer Andrea Warpula, president of the Millbury Police Association, read a letter from the union in support of a home-rule petition to extend the mandatory retirement age to 70.
If DuPage had home-rule power, Zay said it would have the ability to ban adult businesses.
The Millbury Board of Selectmen voted last week to schedule a special town meeting for a home-rule petition that would allow special police officers over age 65 to continue working details.
"The only exception that would allow you to work beyond the age of 65 would be for the appointing authority to seek a home-rule petition,'' the chief wrote.
"We've been sensible and reasonable in how we used our home-rule powers," he said.
Imagine that: Even though Worcester has a track record of responsible and strong financial management, the home-rule bills were tossed out because the big fear was the many other communities would line up looking for the same thing.
We anticipate that the city will continue to press its case at the state level for relief, both by refiling the home-rule petitions and seeking a portion of state stimulus monies to cover the police officers.
Before seeking home-rule legislation, factors that would affect the cost of such changes need to be considered.
It's a self-imposed restriction many home-rule municipalities adopt, he added.
6 ballot as well, with city officials seeking home-rule authority in a referendum.
The 1970 Illinois Constitution created home-rule powers for municipalities of 25,000 or more with the provision that smaller communities could appeal to voters through referendum to achieve such powers.