Private Property Rights Protection Bill Introduced by Congress
If the proposed legislation passed as currently drafted, the new law would prohibit a State from using eminent domain for private development where a State had received federal economic development funds. The proposed law would also prohibit eminent domain by a federal agency where the purpose of the taking would be a promote “economic development”, which was found to be constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in the famous (some might say infamous) Kelo v. City of New London decision from 2005. A similar bill had been passed by the House of Representatives in 2005 but never moved through the U.S. Senate.
An Institute for Justice staff attorney and a New Jerseyian from Long Branch, Lori Ann Vendetti, were scheduled to testify this week in support of the legislation. For more information on the Institute’s efforts, and the status of the legislation, click here.
Also check out Norman Oder’s blog post on the proposed legislation in the Atlantic Yards Report, available here.
- In Auston today: House to consider limiting eminent domain (chron.com)
- Private property safeguards approved by House panel (charlotte.news14.com)
- More Fun With Urban Renewal, Republican-Style (reason.com)