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Month: June 2006

June 30, 2006

Susette Kelo's House Will Be Moved

The Institute for Justice today announced that Susette Kelo's now famous pink Victorian will be picked up and moved at the government's expense, to another location. ...

June 30, 2006

Eminent Domain for Sports Franchises?

by Steven Geoffrey Gieseler Bad enough is the common practice of local governments seizing private land to build stadiums for sports teams.  But this Berkeley Daily Planet commentary suggests these governments should seize the teams themselves. Not knowing where to begin, I will allow this fiasco to speak for itself. ...

June 30, 2006

Constitutional Amendments Predicted

This Week reports on proposals in the Ohio eminent domain task force for constitutional amendments to restrict the use of eminent domain. ...

June 30, 2006

Little Help for Little Guy With Eminent Domain Problem

By Timothy Sandefur Boston columnist John P. Lambert says in this article that "The great howl of rage that greeted the Supreme Court's Kelo decision a few months ago is but a whisper in state legislatures today. A lot of people would be hard put to remember even that Kelo sustained the right of local ...

June 30, 2006

Alaska Eminent Domain Reform Sent to the Governor

by Timothy Sandefur The Alaska legislature has passed HB 318, and sent it to the governor for signature. The bill appears to have at least one potentially dangerous loophole: This subsection does not apply to transfers of private property to another private person if…the private person has been expressly authorized by statute either to exerci ...

June 30, 2006

Eminent Domain Amendment OK'd

The Common Council of Norwalk, Connecticut, has amended its redevelopment plan to declare that the redevelopment association has "no present legislative approval" to use eminent domain without explicit Common Council approval. ...

June 29, 2006

Broad Idaho Initiative Moves Forward

by Steven Geoffrey Gieseler Today's Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review has this story on Idaho's ambitious, just-qualified property rights ballot initiative.  Idaho's electorate will vote in November not only on eminent domain restrictions, but also on protections against onerous government land use regulations. With all of the attenti ...

June 29, 2006

Iowa Update

Breaking news–and some good background–on the Iowa Legislature's effort to respond to Kelo. ...

June 29, 2006

Unhappy Birthday, Kelo

Blogger Pejman Yousevzadeh has this TCS article on the one-year anniversary of the Kelo decision. ...

June 29, 2006

Eminent Domain Measure Qualifies for Nov. Ballot

The San Francisco Chronicle has this article on the Protect Our Homes Initiative. ...