Eminent Domain Decision Backlash

State and federal lawmakers consider new limits on takings in the wake of court decision.
July 6, 2005, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The ruling resonates for millions of Americans because the issue hits -- literally -- close to their homes. During the Fourth of July weekend, anti-Kelo activists accused the courts of betraying one of the founding principles of the republic, citizens' right to their property. A Houston Chronicle editorial went so far as to compare the decision to communist Chinese land-use policy.

In the wake of the Kelo ruling, property-rights crusaders have responded through grass-roots activism and elected officials. Bills and amendments that would limit use of eminent domain were generated in state legislatures and Congress within days of the Supreme Court decision."

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Published on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 in The Christian Science Monitor
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