delegation doctrine

delegation doctrine. Constitutional law. The principle (based on the separation-of-powers concept) limiting Congress’s ability to transfer its legislative power to another governmental branch, esp. the executive branch. • Delegation is permitted only if Congress prescribes an intelligible principle to guide an executive agency in making policy. — Also termed nondelegation doctrine. [Cases: Constitutional Law 59. C.J.S. Constitutional Law §§ 137, 139.]
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