US Senate - Pass the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2017
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H.R. 1689, the Private Property Rights Protection Act, was approved UNANIMOUSLY by the US House of Representatives on July 23, 2018.
The bill addresses the controversial Supreme Court decision in the 2005 case Kelo v. City of New London, which expanded the eminent domain power granted by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. In Kelo, the Court ruled that “economic development” can be justified as a “public use” under the Constitution’s Takings Clause.
The bill would would make any state or locality that uses the economic development justification for eminent domain ineligible from receiving federal economic development funds for two years. This creates a major incentive for governments to respect the private property rights of its citizens.
My family is currently facing the threat of eminent domain. After nine years of saving and planning, our local municipality wants to take our brand-new home and property and give it to a wealthy foreign corporation for free for its manufacturing facility. While they made millionaires out of the vacant land owners, they are offering only a fraction to homeowners, an amount that won't come close to the amount we need to rebuild a similar house in a similar neighborhood. This legislation won't help us, but it will help other property owners and their families for generations to come.
Please tell Senators Grassley, Feinstein, Baldwin and Johnson that you support H.R. 1689, the Private Property Rights Protection Act.
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