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House passes bill to fight unfair seizure of private property

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posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 07:06 PM
The U.S. House passed a voice vote that would "penalize" state and local governments for exercising eminent domain.

Federal funding would be stopped for two years.

Not a bad deterrent to property seizures, especially the ones that have failed, or the ones that have been furthered for political and corruption purposes only.

The bill is in response to a Supreme Court decision in 2005 that seems to have justified the government’s condemnation of private property.

02/29/2012 -- Human Events

State and local governments that use eminent domain to seize private property for economic development would lose federal funding for two years under legislation passed by the House on Tuesday.

The bipartisan bill was authored through an unusual pairing of Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and passed on a voice vote.

The measure is a response to the 2005 Supreme Court ruling, Kelo v. City of New London, which held in a 5-4 decision that economic development is considered a “public use” under the Fifth Amendment’s Taking Clause.

The decision justified the government’s condemnation of private property, in order to give it to a private business to redevelop and create a more lucrative tax base. Historically, eminent domain was legally restricted to projects for public use like road and school construction.

As a result of this ruling, the federal government’s power of eminent domain has become almost limitless, providing citizens with few means to protect their property.

Eminent Domain

The article has some examples of failed seizures

A Step in the Right Direction

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 10:04 PM
interesting this would be kinda bad for the keystone pipeline sacred cow

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 10:37 PM

Originally posted by spyder550
interesting this would be kinda bad for the keystone pipeline sacred cow


But it might be easier to just bypass some private property.

Or pay a one time fee, or small rent.

posted on Mar, 1 2012 @ 10:24 AM
reply to post by xuenchen

The folks in Texass are very worried about eminent domain siezures

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