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an exemption based on circumstances existing prior to the adoption of some policy

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Despite the fact that all of the facilities involved in these cases were high-occupancy commercial buildings, so-called grandfather clauses in the local fire codes exempted them from sprinkler requirements.
In July, the GAO issued a Q&A to provide additional implementation guidance, extension of the effective date, addition of the grandfather clauses and more planned changes.
Grandfather clauses, literacy tests, secret organizations, and poll taxes were among the other problems various groups faced.
The provisions that came out of those conventions, from poll taxes to grandfather clauses to literacy tests were almost all struck down by the Warren Court and the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
But since the amendment is dependent on judicial interpretation, many Southern states at the time used unreasonable measures such as poll taxes, literacy tests or grandfather clauses to hinder newly emancipated slaves from voting.