2005-12-01 / News

New Legislation Protects Private Land Owners

New legislation was passed by the United States House of Representatives that would deter municipalities and local governments from taking private property under eminent domain for the purpose of private economic development.

Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) was one of many members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to pass the Private Property Rights Protection Act Thursday, November 3. He said that growing rural communities have the most to lose under current eminent domain laws. Eminent domain is the right of government to take or purchase private property for public use.

“After representing a Congressional District comprised of nearly half the state of Michigan’s land mass for 13 years, I have witnessed substantial growth in rural communities,” he said. “A case before the Supreme Court earlier this year ruled that private property can be taken in the name of economic development by our local governments. This legislation gives private property owners the protection they need and deserve.”

According to Congressman Stupak, the act would deny state and local governments all federal economic development funds if there is evidence the principle of eminent domain has been abused in the takeover of private land.

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