11 States To Vote On Challenging Kelo

<p>Eleven states have initiatives on their ballots this fall that could go against 2005's Supreme Court eminent domain decision in the case of Kelo v. New London.</p>
October 9, 2006, 11pm PDT | Nate Berg
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Libertarian real estate investor Howie Rich has sponsored ballot drives in eight states to override the federal government's power to take private property in the name of public economic development.

"Louisiana will vote Saturday during its primary on two ballot measures on eminent domain. Ten other states will vote on the issue Nov. 7."

"Rich's allies in California, Arizona and Idaho combine eminent domain on the ballot with a separate land-use issue at the heart of the property rights movement. It's a proposal to make governments pay property owners for "regulatory takings" - zoning, height limits or other building restrictions that substantially reduce the land's value. Washington state has a ballot measure on regulatory takings."

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Published on Sunday, September 24, 2006 in USA Today
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