grandfather clause

grandfather clause
Provision in a new law or regulation exempting those already in or a part of the existing system which is being regulated. An exception to a restriction that allows all those already doing something to continue doing it even if they would be stopped by the new restriction. A clause introduced into several of the constitutions of the southern states, limiting the right to vote to those who can read and write any article of the constitution of the United States, and have worked or been regularly employed in some lawful employment for the greater part of the year next preceding the time they offer to register unless prevented from labor or ability to read or write by physical disability, or who own property assessed at three hundred dollars upon which the taxes have been paid; but excepting those who have served in the army or navy of the United States or in the Confederate States in time of war, their lawful descendants in every degree, and persons of good character who understand the duties and obligations of citizenship under a republican form of government. One of the original purposes of the "grandfather" clause of the Motor Carrier Act was to permit the continued operation of carrier businesses already established prior to passage of the Act. Transamerican Freight Lines v. United States, D.C.Del., 51 F.Supp. 405, 409

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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