It was not long after the SCOTUS Kelo decision, that municipalities started using Eminent Domain to take people’s private property away from them for commercial development. Well, it seems Congress is actually going to do something about it.
From an article in CNN News:
The House voted 376-38 Thursday to approve the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2005 –a bill cosponsored by 98 members of Congress that would prohibit states and local communities that receive federal economic development to invoke eminent domain as a means for private industry to build private businesses. A companion measure has been introduced in the Senate.
Eminent domain, under the House bill, would only allow federal funds for economic development such as building roads and hospital, acquiring abandoned property and revitalizing a blighted area.
The House bill would also allow private property owners the right to sue the appropriate government entity if they were stripped of their land through the use of eminent domain and later found that the land was given to a private developer.
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Hat tip: Reader LTC (RET) John G. Wheelock
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