Vanderbilt Law Review


C. Dallas Sands

First Page



There is a wide assortment of local governing bodies which exercise some measure, more or less, of legislative authority. Municipal governments generally have separate legislative bodies in the form of a council or a commission. Legislative powers may reside in county, township, parish, or borough organizations. And some law-making power, though usually more narrowly confined, may be exercised by special purpose units of local government such as school districts, drainage districts, irrigation districts, and the like. In both volume and effect, the importance of the legislative output of all of these agencies should not be underestimated. Their impact is felt in many ways in modern urban society. Consider, for example, the extent to which the common law governing land tenure and transactions affecting land is being modified or displaced by locally enacted zoning legislation.