Group opposed to eminent domain gathers signatures for ballot measures

By | January 10, 2006

Here’s a good idea: a local Colorado group is trying to get an amendment to limit Eminent Domain onto the ballot this November:

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer allowed local governments to seize property for economic purposes, but said states were free to enact their own laws protecting property rights.

Colorado Citizens for Property Rights is seeking an amendment to the state constitution that would limit the government’s ability to use eminent domain to take property for private uses such as stores, private toll roads, corporate campuses or other economic development projects.

They said their proposal would not affect the use of eminent domain for public projects such as highways, schools or utilities.

I won’t completely endorese this ’til I get a chance to read their proposal, but I agree with the sentiment. Eminent Domain needs to be limited, as we learned last year.

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