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States Take Action on Eminent Domain

Leonard Gilroy
July 8, 2005, 10:36am

State lawmakers across the country are starting to seize upon the overwhelming sense of public outrage at the Supreme Court's Kelo vs. New London decision to take action on eminent domain reform. The Kelo decision upheld the ability of governments to exercise the power of eminent domain to take private property for economic development purposes. First, the Houston Chronicle reports today that eminent domain reform may be coming to Texas: Here's an excerpt from the key portion of SB 62: You can monitor the bill's progress here. It's good to see that Gov. Perry did an about-face on this issue, as it was reported as recently as July 5th that he would not be adding this issue to the special session until the legislature passed public school funding reforms and a tax plan to pay for them and lower property taxes. Moving on to Florida, a review of the state's eminent domain statutes is now on the agenda: And from Georgia: Finally, from Alaska:

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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