home rule


Definition of home rule

: self-government or limited autonomy in internal affairs by a dependent political unit (such as a territory or municipality)

Examples of home rule in a Sentence

The citizens petitioned for home rule.
Recent Examples on the Web Over 70 jurisdictions across the state, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, have opted into this right by voting to adopt a home rule charter. Colin Jerolmack, The New Republic, 26 July 2022 Holland said officials here are championing a home rule petition at the State House for a 0.5 percent real estate transfer fee that would be paid for by the seller on amounts that exceed $2 million. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 In Matteson, voters there appeared to favor a move to make the village a home rule community, and an increase in the sales tax in Richton Park appeared to have been approved, according to unofficial election results. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2022 On Monday, Staten Island Judge Ralph Porzio sided with them, ruling that the law violated the state’s election law and its municipal home rule law. Washington Post, 27 June 2022 Ohio Substitute House Bill 172 provides an option for home rule cities such as Brook Park to impose a complete ban on the use of consumer grade fireworks. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 9 June 2022 There, state authorities are often slow to act, if at all, on Boston home rule petitions. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2022 Political aides and lobbyists have termed the city’s effort to regain home rule as sporadic, disorganized and last-minute. New York Times, 19 May 2022 Wilson called the law passed by the general assembly in 2013 a hybrid that required home rule municipalities like Deerfield to act within 10 days to regulate assault weapons but did not set limits on the regulations. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of home rule

1858, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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“Home rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20rule. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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: self-government or limited autonomy in internal affairs by a dependent political unit (as a territory or municipality) also : the political theory or principle of self-government

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