Law You Can Use: Ohio's Constitution gives municipalities home rule self-government authority

December 21, 2016 By Philip Hartmann
The Logan Daily News

Question: What exactly does “home rule” mean for Ohio’s municipalities?

Answer: “Home rule” power is special authority granted to municipalities (such as cities and villages) through Article XVIII of Ohio’s Constitution. It allows municipalities to create laws and take action for which the Ohio Revised Code does not specifically give authority. Home rule essentially gives municipalities more power and flexibility.

There are three distinct home rule powers: the power of local self-government, exercise of police powers and ownership and operation of public utilities. The power of local self-government allows municipalities to regulate matters solely related to the governance and administration of their internal affairs.

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