Saturday, July 23, 2005

Eminent Domain Back on Track

During the first special session the eminent domain bill made it out of the house but got stuck in negotiations before approval by the senate. Rep. Aaron Peña has resubmitted the bill in the second special session to ensure that property owners are protected from local government taking their property to give to corporate developers who will increase the tax base. The government is able take your property for public works like roads, civic centers, etc. Now, due to the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the government can take your land and give it to somebody else to build a hotel, mall, or plaza on the premise that those owners will provide more tax revenue than you would if you owned it.

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