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Month: October 2006

October 31, 2006

A Very Telling Graphic

by Timothy Sandefur When I posted my blog entry below about the Utah League of Cities and Towns, I didn't notice at first the graphic on their website. It's really telling, I think: Amazing! It reminds me of this classic post about the Monopoly Eminent Domain Edition. The planners really do see themselves as playing ...

October 31, 2006

Fighting for My Home

Riviera Beach, Florida, resident Princess Wells explains why she is fighting against the city's plans to seize her home for private development. Excerpt: I watched my four children grow up here; my grandchildren spent their first Christmas in our cozy pink house. It's the place the family comes for the holidays, and every Christmas I ...

October 31, 2006

Groups Squabble Over Their Roles in Writing Eminent Domain Bill

by Timothy Sandefur The Billings (MT) Gazette reports that this time around, Montana's politicians didn't include the property owners in drafting eminent domain reform. Huh. I wonder why? ...

October 31, 2006

The Redevelopers Strike Back

by Timothy Sandefur This Salt Lake Tribune article demonstrates that the redevelopment industry simply refuses to take individual rights seriously. The Utah League of Cities and Towns wants their eminent domain power back, only they want it in a new form: they want to change the redevelopment laws so that if a majority of the ...

October 30, 2006

Measure 39 Rightly Limits Government Power

The Salem (OR) Statesman-Journal endorses Measure 39, that state's eminent domain reform measure. ...

October 30, 2006

Challenger Puts Focus On Eminent Domain

The Hartford (Conn.) Courant—which has always been an enthusiastic supporter of abusing eminent domain—reports that eminent domain abuse has become a big issue in the sate senate race this year. ...

October 30, 2006

Suit Against Atlantic Yards Challenges Eminent Domain

The New York Times reports on the lawsuit against the condemnation of Atlantic Yards. (Registration is required, but you can use Bugmenot.) ...

October 30, 2006

Popular Eminent Domain Question Tops Georgia Amendment Questions

Georgia is among the many states considering eminent domain reform in the upcoming election: On Georgia's ballot, voters will weigh a constitutional amendment that would take the power of "eminent domain" away from unelected housing and development authorities, requiring elected officials to make the decision. It would remove the powe ...

October 30, 2006

Panel Shifts Course on Eminent Domain

by Timothy Sandefur The Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Star Tribune reports that a legislative committee has altered a bill intended to prevent eminent domain abuse. It's impossible to tell for sure from the article, but it sounds as though they've watered down its provisions significantly. When politicians say that they don't want to "go too ...

October 30, 2006

Eminent Domain Has Local Angle

In Pembroke Pines, Florida, the ballot asks the same question in three different ways: do you want to protect private property from being taken for private development? ...