local option

noun

Definition of local option 

: the power granted by a legislature to a political subdivision to determine by popular vote the local applicability of a law on a controversial issue (such as the sale of liquor)

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Preparing ahead of time was the main function of this ordinance and special election, as Utqiaġvik has not yet even voted for local option of marijuana. Anchorage Daily News, "Utqiagvik votes to tax marijuana," 7 May 2018 Consumers will pay zero state and local option taxes on hundreds of items, from clothes and shoes ($60 or less) to school supplies ($15 or less), according the Florida Department of Revenue. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Teachers get special discount at Target Teachers Prep Event starting July 15," 13 July 2018 Another local option is the West Laurel Swim Club at 7203 Brooklyn Bridge Road. Christina Hyder, Howard County Times, "Keeping cool at local pools on the hot days of summer [North Laurel/Savage]," 21 June 2018 For high school, a local option is the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, a quasi-public school serving sixth to twelfth grades. New York Times, "West Farms, the Bronx: Flora, Fauna and Renewal," 13 June 2018 As for the drink menu, Thompson said the tap handles at PBS will feature at least 75-percent local options, both as a way to take a local approach and minimize its carbon footprint by eliminating shipping. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Punch Bowl Social to feature VR gaming and local brews at upcoming Fulton Market location," 6 Mar. 2018 It should be noted that the bagels ($2) at Steingold’s made by a dude named Max Stern, aka The Bagel Chef, are good, probably better than other major local option New York Bagel and Bialy. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Steingold's is the Jewish deli of the future," 3 Dec. 2017 The arming of employees isn't mandatory but a local option available if both districts and local law enforcement agree on it, according to CNN. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "'This would mean more guns': Broward County won't arm school employees after Parkland shooting," 10 Apr. 2018 Those looking for the perfect fit in terms of, perhaps, a new loveseat for the living room or a chandelier for above the dining table, can see whether Attic has a local option by heading to www.philadelphia.attic.city. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "A new online platform makes it easy to shop for vintage furniture and home decor across dozens of Philadelphia businesses," 25 Apr. 2018

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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