Policy Update

Restricting Eminent Domain

Model State Statutory Language & Local Ordinance/Charter Provision

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Kelo vs. New London decision, state and local governments are taking action to restrict the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes. To assist elected officials in these efforts, Reason Foundation has made available a variety of tools that can serve as a starting point toward eminent domain reform. Based upon the Institute for Justice’s model eminent domain legislation, these documents offer sample legislation and resolutions to curb eminent domain abuse, while also allowing public-private partnerships to thrive.

  • Sample State Legislation Language (.pdf) (Word)
  • Sample Municipal Resolution for State/Federal Action (.pdf) (Word)
  • Sample Municipal Charter Provision/Ordinance (.pdf) (Word)