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Mitchell City Council Adopts "Home Rule"
Updated April 10, 2014 6:50 AM | Filed under: Education
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(MITCHELL) - The Mitchell City Council adopted an ordinance establishing what city attorney Byron Steele called "home rule."

Steele explained that, in Indiana, the law used to be that no governmental unit could do anything unless the state legislature said it could, but by adopting a home rule ordinance, the city overrides that policy.

The Times-Mail reports that home rule, as defined by Indiana Code, allows the state to grant governmental units the power they need for the effective operation of government as it pertains to local affairs. In essence, the statute, passed by the General Assembly in 1980, allows cities and towns to review, regulate and exercise their powers to the extent as allowed by state law.

Previously, the city did not have such an ordinance.

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