eminent domain

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    Wake County Property Owner Challenges Eminent Domain Power

    Wake County property owner Beverly Rubin has been fighting a legal battle with the city of Apex for five years after the city used eminent domain to place a sewer line through her property. While this legal battle should have been over with a court decision in Ms. Rubin’s favor,…
    Brenee Goforth, July 31, 2020
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    Ideas for a Carolina Rebound: criminal justice and property rights

    Our Carolina Rebound report offers sweeping proposals across a broad range of policy areas to revive North Carolina's economy after COVID-19 and Gov. Cooper's shutdown and lockdown orders. 
    Jon Sanders, June 17, 2020
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    Eminent domain constitutional amendment filed in the House

    The first substantive bill of the 2015 session of the General Assembly is one that we’ve seen before. It’s an eminent domain constitutional amendment. An eminent domain amendment to the N.C. Constitution has been a frequent topic in the General Assembly since the 2005 Kelo v. New…
    Barry Smith, January 15, 2015
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    Did anyone notice? Eminent domain change passes the House

    A proposed constitutional amendment snuck through the N.C. House with little fanfare. The House on Thursday approved a proposed change that would enshrine eminent domain protections into the N.C. Constitution. It’s been sought by a number of lawmakers since the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case that said it…
    Barry Smith, July 11, 2013
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    First day of session brings an array of bill filings

    Lawmakers have wasted no time filing a number of bills that they hope will become law during the 2013 long session of the General Assembly. Companion bills that would change the state’s unemployment insurance program have been filed in both the Senate and the House.  Click here to see…
    Barry Smith, January 30, 2013
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    Waiting on an Eminent Domain Amendment

    In a recent op-ed, Scott Mooneyham questions why the legislature doesn’t seem that interested in private property rights. He very well may be right that the legislature doesn’t care enough about private property rights, but his reasoning isn’t on target. The legislature has decided not to push an eminent…
    Daren Bakst, September 15, 2011
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    Freedom in the States

    Live Blog North Carolina ranks 18th in overall freedom for its citizens in a new Mercatus Center publication. Some highlights from my perspective North Carolina has the best asset-forfeiture laws in the land. It could improve them by putting the burden of proof on the government. spirits…
    Joseph Coletti, June 8, 2011
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    Congress and Eminent Domain

    American Thinker recently published my op-ed on a bill in the United States House that would make it more difficult for state and local governments to abuse their eminent domain power. In addressing why eminent domain reform is a federal issue and not just a state issue, I…
    Daren Bakst, May 18, 2011