Louisiana Pols Take On Eminent Domain

Louisiana legislators are apparently serious about taking on eminent domain abuse:

Louisiana lawmakers have filed at least 22 bills ââ?¬â?? more than on any other issue ââ?¬â?? seeking to forbid government agencies from taking private property to further economic development. The legislation, prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court decision, would reverse a recent trend toward giving public-private partnerships the power to take a person’s home or property, then turn it over to a business that promises to increase tax revenues or create jobs. It’s called expropriation or eminent domain. The Legislature has specifically granted that power to 39 agencies since 2000. “Maybe we did go overboard … and grant too many expropriations,” said Rep. Peppi Bruneau, R-New Orleans, who sponsored one of the measures to limit taking property.

Leonard Gilroy is vice president of government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He also serves as senior managing director of the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, which assists policymakers and other stakeholders in designing, analyzing and implementing public sector pension reforms.