Granger Laws

U.S. law

State laws passed in the late 1800s in the western and mid-western states of the U.S. that sought to regulate railroads, warehouses and grain elevators and eliminate discriminatory rates and charges. The name came from an organization of farmers established in 1867 called the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry (commonly called the Grange). While the group was fundamentally nonpolitical, it urged state legislation to regulate railroad rates and practices. Although most of these laws were eventually repealed or drastically changed, they served as a basis for later regulation of utilities and railroads.

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