Article XI-F, the “Code Home Rule Amendment,” must be viewed in relationship and response to Articles XI-A (“the home rule amendment”) and XI-E (“the municipal home rule amendment”). Article XI-F was adopted, at least in part, to address perceived problems with charter home rule. The drafters of Article XI-F self-consciously imitated the style and substance of Article XI-E, and Article XI-E provides an interpretive guide for Article XI-F.1 Although the charter form of home rule was adopted in 1915,2 only the City of Baltimore took immediate advantage and adopted a...
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