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The archaic system of special bills to provide for the local government of cities and counties, which had its inception in this country when the colonies asserted their independence, has long been under fire as not only cumbersome but also contrary to tradition and the intention of those who formed our state governments. The opponents of this system offered in its stead local government of municipalities by a system commonly referred to as "Home Rule." Although this system has not had success commensurate with the glossy pictures painted by its more avid proponents, it has, where accepted, attained the aims of its more practical supporters by placing the reins of government closer to those directly concerned. The form of the municipal gov'- ernmet has been shaped to fit the peculiar needs of the community, thereby simplifying the governmental machinery and allowing prompt action in dealing with local problems. In addition to these advantages, the system has relieved the state legislature of a tremendous load of special legislation and has removed the temptation to interfere in local affairs on the basis of partisan politics or at the behest of local pressure groups.