Articles on the Constitution by Henry S. Kramer
Thursday, February 16, 2012
"Home rule." Sound good and close to the people? But local governments, the beneficiaries of "home rule," do not conform to basic American constitutional principles.At all levels of a representative republic, representatives are...
In this "Guest Viewpoint", Henry S. Kramer of the Dryden Safe Energy Coalition questions the concept of Home Rule, and challenges it. On of the major points that he makes is that Home Rule lacks an inherrent system of checks and balances, and points out that most local governments at the town level have one body that exercises both Legislative and Executive Powers.