The Ultimate Kelo Backlash: Ending Eminent Domain

The House passes a bill that would prevent private development of land seized through eminent domain. A similar measure is introduced in the Senate.

"The House voted 376-38 Thursday to approve the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2005 --a bill cosponsored by 98 members of Congress that would prohibit states and local communities that receive federal economic development to invoke eminent domain as a means for private industry to build private businesses. A companion measure has been introduced in the Senate.

...The controversial practice of eminent domain stoked a bipartisan fire in Congress after the Supreme Court ruled in June that local governments have the right to transfer property from homeowners to private developers to build properties such as residences or businesses that are ultimately deemed to be in the public's best interest by improving economic development."

Full Story: Eminent domain looks less imminent

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