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Legal Roadblocks Ahead for Oregon's Measure 37

Leonard Gilroy
December 1, 2004, 3:49pm

Property rights advocates nationwide rightly cheered the recent passage of Oregon's Measure 37, which would force the government to either (1) compensate property owners suffering economic loss as a result of environmental and land use regulations, or (2) grant an exemption from the rules. But Measure 37's passage was only the opening salvo in what will likely prove a lengthy and contentious series of legal challenges. According to this article in The Oregonian, some city and county governments are planning on setting up high hurdles for Measure 37 claims, moves almost certain to provoke legal challenges: So much for the will of the voters (M37 passed by a 60%/40% margin). Hold on tight Oregon property owners, this is going to be a bumpy ride...

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

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