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Home Rule

The right to local self-government including the powers to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; to license; to tax; and to incur debt.

Home rule involves the authority of a local government to prevent state government intervention with its operations. The extent of its power, however, is subject to limitations prescribed by state constitutions and statutes.

When a municipality or other political subdivision has the power to decide for itself whether to follow a particular course of action without receiving specific approval from state officials, it acts pursuant to such powers. For example, a town exercises its home rule powers when it puts the issue of allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages within its borders on the ballot.

home rule

n. the power of a local city or county to set up its own system of governing and local ordinances without receiving a charter from the state which comes with certain requirements and limitations. The concept has become popular with so-called libertarians, survivalists, and others who would like to divorce local government from as much state regulation as possible. However, few cities and counties have chosen this route. For example, in California, there is one small county (Colusa) out of the 58 which has chosen "home rule." This does not mean they will not take state funds for local improvements.

home rule

noun autonomy, enfranchisement, freedom from domination, freedom from interferrnce, freedom of action, freedom of choice, individualism, noninterference, nonintervention, political independence, self-containment, self-derived power, self-determination, self-direction, self-government, self-legislation, self-reliance, self-subsistence, self-sufficiency, self-support, sovereignty, unlimited sovereignty
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In spite of the catchphrase that Home Rule would be Rome Rule, the limitations of the Catholic Church's political influence are perceptively considered in essays by Conor Mulvagh and Daithi O Corrain.
Scots understood this to mean that if Scotland voted "No" they would be granted Home Rule.
SHREWSBURY - Area municipal leaders are considering getting together to file home rule petitions as a way to speak with one loud voice to grab the attention of legislators.
Recently, District leaders and residents have taken more aggressive steps to demand Congress and the President respect DC home rule.
But would Home Rule as sought by Parnell and Redmond have worked?
Whether by coincidence or design, this show of defiance among the Diehard/Reveille Tories was concurrent with the Ulster Unionist Council's (26) appointment in September 1911 of a "Commission of Five" to draw up the constitution for a projected Ulster Provisional Government in the event of Home Rule becoming law.
It is worth noting that Redmond's brand of home rule nationalism in the 1890s, expressed within the wing of the Irish Party supportive of the deceased leader Parnell, was far less "imperialistic" than in the following decades, flirting regularly as it did with elements of Fenianite separatism.
Absent the home rule statement in the act, the principles of statutory construction would clearly dictate that statutory TCEAs are effective upon the publication by DCA of the jurisdictions meeting the population and density requirements to be DULA.
Biagini challenges this narrative, arguing that Home Rule enjoyed substantial support among British Liberals before the so-called "Hawarden Kite" of 1885 and that this widespread support would make moral conviction a key characteristic of political discourse.
Wayne County voters overwhelmingly approved the new Home Rule Charter and elected its first county executive in 1982.
He hoped that the "discovery" of the plot and its organiser - double agent Francis Millen - would result in the finger being firmly pointed at Parnell whose Home Rule party was enjoying incredible success and keeping the Tories from power.
The RSA President also noted that tenant organizers have been unsuccessful in their attempts to impose on the gubernatorial election their mantra for home rule and repeal of the State's Urstadt Law.