Private Property Rights Protection Act Passed by the House

by: Joseph Grather
11 Mar 2014

A federal bill H.R. 1944 introduced back in May of 2013, has been passed by the House of Representatives. Reported here.  All the details and text of the bill are set forth in our June 2013 blog.  Simply stated, the bill purportedly will punish States that abuse the eminent domain power by limiting federal dollars for a period of two years following an alleged abuse, e.g. for private redevelopment/economic development.  The legislation is purportedly designed to unhinge the now almost decade old Kelo v. City of New London case.

I can already imagine enforcement/compliance issues, but the bill has a few more hurdles to cross before it becomes law.