Grandfather Clause (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Grandfather Clause

Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, by Greg Walters

Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, by Greg Walters

A provision exempting persons or other entities already engaged in an activity from new rules or legislation affecting that activity. Grandfather clauses sometimes are added to legislation to avoid antagonizing groups with established interests in the activities affected.

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