by Timothy Sandefur
Prof. Ilya Somin has some important comments on the League of Cities' eminent domain "reform" ballot initiative. As he concludes, this
initiative does reinforce my general thesis that post-Kelo reform has been ineffective because political leaders can exploit voter ignorance by persuading the public that bogus reforms provide real protection to property owners. The CLC initiative would make no sense unless we assume that its advocates calculate that the public won't be able to tell the difference between genuine eminent domain reform and one that imposes no real constraints on takings.